Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

You'll need to have caregivers as your condition progresses, to assist with daily life activities, maintain your safety, provide transportation and help with finances.

Your doctor will discuss lifestyle changes with you, such as when you may need to stop driving a car.

Regular cardiovascular exercise may help improve your mood and thinking skills.

It may be helpful to make some adjustments in your home to make daily living tasks easier and reduce your chance of injuries, such as removing rugs or raising toilets.

In some cases, caregivers can reduce behavior problems by changing the way they interact with people with dementia. Examples include:

  • Avoiding events or activities that trigger the undesirable behavior
  • Anticipating needs and meeting them promptly
  • Maintaining a calm environment
  • Providing structured routines
  • Simplifying daily tasks
  • Using humor

Coping and support

If you've been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, receiving support, care and compassion from people you trust can be invaluable.

Through your doctor or the internet, find a support group for people with frontotemporal dementia. A support group can provide valuable information tailored for your needs as well as a forum that gives you the opportunity to share your experiences and feelings.

For caregivers

Caring for someone with frontotemporal dementia can be challenging and stressful because of the extreme personality changes and behavioral problems that often develop. It may be helpful to educate others about behavioral symptoms and what they can expect when spending time with your loved one.

Caregivers need assistance from family members, friends and support groups, or respite care provided by adult care centers or home health care agencies.

Caregivers should remember to take care of their health, exercise, eat a healthy diet and manage their stress. Participating in hobbies outside the home may help ease some stress. It may be helpful to educate others about behavioral symptoms and what they can expect when spending time with your loved one.

When a person with frontotemporal dementia requires 24-hour care, most families turn to nursing homes. Plans made ahead of time will make this transition easier and may allow the person to be involved in the decision-making process.