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Journal of Neuroscience Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e318282900b
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Frontotemporal Degeneration in the Patient With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Helping the Caregiver Cope

Houseman, Gail; Walsh, Susan; Brothers, Allyson; Lyter, Judy; Simmons, Zachary; Klapper, Jennifer

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Research in the previous decade has found a link between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). It is estimated that as many as 50% of all people with ALS will have some degree of cognitive impairment and that approximately 10%–25% of patients will meet the Neary criteria for FTD. For the caregivers of persons with both ALS and FTD, the burden of care can be quite high. Nurses are in a position to help the caregivers cope.

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