Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) is not as rare as once thought; it is considered to be the second most common cause of early onset dementia. However, because of the wide range of symptoms and their gradual onset, FTD is often initially misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or vascular dementia.
Dr. Edward (Ted) Huey, who specializes in FTD at Columbia University Medical Center will describe FTD, its symptoms and behaviors, and how the disease differs from Alzheimer’s. He will talk about how a trained and experienced health care professional can look for features that rule out other diagnoses and identify features that pinpoint FTD.
Jill Goldman, MS, MPhil, CGC, Senior Staff Associate and Genetic Counselor at Columbia University, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain will speak about the genetics of FTD, the role genetics play in diagnosis and assessing hereditary risk within a family.
The seminar is for medical and health care professionals as well as those who think a loved one may be suffering from the disease.
Light refreshments will be served.
Cost: No charge, a $10 donation is optional.
Sponsored by the River House Adult Day Center and the CT FTD Foundation