Summer 2017
Atypical Dementias

Editor’s Message

Greetings!  I am very excited to present this latest issue of the Journal of Aging Life Care which explores the unique challenges for Aging Life Care Managers who are serving younger clients with atypical dementias. Having grown up in a family where both my maternal grandmother and aunt were diagnosed with Young-Onset Alzheimer’s disease, this…

Frontotemporal Degeneration: Explaining the Importance of Differential Diagnosis

Brad Dickerson, MD, Jennifer Pilcher-Warren, PhD, CMC, Katie Brandt, MS Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is the name given to a number of brain disorders that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. They are usually slowly progressive and may affect various aspects of a person’s cognitive function, behavior, language, emotions or personality, and/or…

Think of Aphasia

Mark Frankel, MD, Carla Massari, MS, CCC-SLP, and Caitlin Pender, MA, CCC-SLP Introduction Aphasia, the loss of ability to use language, is a common manifestation of many medical conditions found in patients for whom Aging Life Care / care management services are sought. A patient with aphasia might present as having problems using language to…

“Be Unique, Live Unique” A New Approach to Behavioral Cognitive Programming for Residents with Atypical Dementias

Lisa Jacobs, RN, and Jennifer Pilcher-Warren, PhD, CMC In the western suburbs of Boston, Golden Pond, a stand-alone assisted living community, has designed a groundbreaking approach to serving residents with atypical dementias and other progressive neurological disorders. This program addresses the unique needs of these clients who most often suffer from Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia…

Young Onset Frontotemporal Degeneration: A Family Story

Katie Brandt, MS On my ninth wedding anniversary, I received a bouquet of two dozen roses. Fuchsia pink, ruby red, and vibrant orange, as bright as the sunshine outside on that warm August day in 2011.  Our three-year-old son, Noah, loved pushing his face into the blooms, breathing in and out to inhale the strong…