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Study Reveals Staggering Economic Burden of Dementia in Younger People

First-of-its-kind Study on Frontotemporal Degeneration Led by FAU

 

You may not have heard of it, but frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) accounts for 20 to 50 percent of dementia cases in people under the age of 65. FTD ravages an individual’s quality of life by dramatically altering their language, personality, behavior, cognition and motor function. But it doesn’t end there.

Research led by Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and Emory University, is the first to capture the economic burden of FTD in the United States and the results are staggering. The study reveals that costs associated with FTD are twice that of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The researchers also found that costs for FTD were greater in the U.S. than in studies originating in other countries and the implications for patients and their caregivers are dire.

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