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The first signs of tend to be changes in behaviour and personality, or speech and language. There are different types and it depends on which you have. See our symptoms section for more information.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) tends to cause fewer memory problems at first. It causes more behaviour and language problems in the early stages. It also tends to affect people at a younger age. Like Alzheimer’s, FTD gradually gets worse over time.
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