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Case Study: Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

Memory Care residents benefit from Arden Courts' specialized programming designed around their interests and abilities.

Characteristics of Frontotemporal Dementia

  • Average age of occurrence: 50s and 60s, with average age of 57
  • Average duration: 2 to 20 years
  • Brain areas affected: Frontal and/or Temporal lobes
  • Key symptoms: Memory is preserved early on, but symptoms include a change in personality, impaired language, loss of empathy, lack of proper social conduct and impaired movement function.

Our Resident's Story 

Katey moved into Arden Courts when she turned 50 with a primary diagnosis of behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD). Katy's family completed a lifestyle biography prior to her move-in date. Arden staff learned that Katey had been an English professor and was an avid reader. She was married to her college sweetheart and was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved music and baking. She volunteered at the local animal shelter and attended Mass every Sunday.

 

Individual Pursuits

Staff partnered with Katey's family to give her access to her favorite tunes from the 70s and 80s along with hymns that have a calming effect on her. Katey also receives in-room pet therapy. She enjoys computer programs, cooking shows and walks in the courtyard with staff and family.

 

Engagement Therapy

Katey benefits from small group programs on topics that interest her, such as book club, poetry reading, animals and baking. She enjoys receiving a personalized invitation to these activities and acting as a co-teacher some days.

 

Lifestyle Programming

Each day, staff provide Katey with an individualized selection of programs - including Mass and acoustical music - that may interest her. She can get easily overwhelmed in other group programs. Even the selected prgrams sometime fail to hold her interest, so staff members make sure she has a seat in the back of the room so she can easily exit.

 

Namaste Care

The soothing environment of Namaste Care decreases Katey's restlessness and her compulsive behaviors. During Namaste, Katey is calmed with acoustical music, aromatherapy, and a scrapbook containing short poems and labeled pictures of her family members and animals.

  

Interested in Information about Arden Courts?

Please contact the community directly or our general information line, 888-478-2410, which is available between the hours of 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. EST. After hours, you can also contact us at help@hcr-manorcare.com and a representative will be in touch the next day.

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