Care, Support & Treatment of Frontotemporal Dementia
Pharmacological treatments (Medication)
There is no disease modifying medication available for FTD. Research is ongoing and Mesulam Center is in active collaboration with ongoing studies to better understand causes of FTDs and their treatment.
For behavioral symptoms selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are usually used along with other medications.
With FTD, the major treatment imperative is to provide spouses and caregivers with information, emotional support, strategies for behavioral management, and access to community resources.
The Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic at Northwestern Medicine is affiliated with our center and offers clinical consultations to patients, families and providers, including diagnostic evaluations, second opinions and supportive services.
We offer monthly support groups for family members and care partners of people living with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). The support groups are facilitated by Mesulam Center social work staff. Group participants benefit by sharing experiences and learning from others who truly understand what they are going through.
The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) offers informational content, support groups, peer support, and online support for those with PSP and other forms of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTD).