Food for Thought raises awareness of form of dementia

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HOUSTON, TX – Frontotemporal dementia, FTD for short, is a disease that affects 50,000 people nationwide. It’s a type of dementia that can hinder the ability to speak and move and can also affect behavior.

A support group in Houston hosted a Food for Thought event in order to raise awareness and funds for FTD research being done at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

“It affects every portion of your life,” said volunteer Leigh Anderson, “and the fact of the matter is there’s not a whole lot of funding for research.”

An auction of a variety of items, including wine and jewelry, will help fund research.

“We hope that within the next few months, we can visualize it in the brains of people with FTD so we can actually say someone definitely does or does not have it,” professor of neurology Dr. Paul Schulz said.

To help those suffering from the disease now, Anderson has some advice. “When you find out a friend has this, the best thing to do is to offer the family patience, love, and support.”

And a strong support group has certainly emerged in Houston.