John Hirst’s wife, Pat, died in July from frontotemporal dementia. She was only 66.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), sometimes called Pick’s disease, is a relatively rare form of dementia. It is thought to account for five percent of all dementia cases, although it is the second most common cause of dementia in people under the age of 65.
Pat’s disease caused her to lose interest in the world around her, to behave differently and to lose the ability to speak to her husband and family. To coincide with World FTD Awareness Week, John has written an account of his wife’s battle with FTD.