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Letters: The “Other” Dementias

Lilenfeld, Don

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000370178.92052.1a

Asheville, NC

I find your magazine a very good source of information, and I especially liked “The Other Dementias” (November/December 2009). I have been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and I am so grateful to see you bringing these other illnesses to light. One point that you might want to consider: On page 33, the article states that “only symptomatic treatments are available” for FTD, and that “there are no treatments for language problems.” I suggest you have someone investigate the use of speech therapy/pathology. I went to a speech therapist who successfully showed me techniques to compensate for my difficulty in finding appropriate words.

Don Lilenfeld

Asheville, NC

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