Dementia By: Caleb woodard

Dennis, my grandfather, was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, roughly 8 years ago.

He was 59 years old when he was officially diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia, however, symptoms began evident when he was around 50 years old. Previous to getting ill, he was a successful independent architect who is credited with designing parts of Flower Mound. His disease became evident when he began mixing his relatives up

Frontotemporal dementia primarily affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain; the areas associated with personality, behavior and language. Thus, when my grandfather was diagnosed, it affected the way he acted towards his relatives and friends. He was fairly young to be diagnosed with this condition as most victims are around 60 when they first begin having symptoms.

His disease became evident when he began mixing his relatives up, as well as making inappropriate comments and doing strange things. The final straw came when he was discovered driving the wrong direction down 377. To compensate for his illness, a live in nurse was hired to stay with my grandmother and him.

He has a family history of Alzheimer's disease, his father was diagnosed at a much older age.

He currently lives in a nursing home for dementia patients in weatherford Texas.

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