When Love Meets Dementia

Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and the Family

When Love Meets Dementiaby Dr. Ada Anbar

Why would a brilliant 86 year-old man tell a loving wife of 61 years to never come back home?

Why would he kick her out of their shared grave? Or make horrible allegations against his son?

Read the riveting story of FTD—FRONTO TEMPORAL DEGENERATION – a cruel brain disease that warps a person’s personality, judgment and relationships past the breaking point. A disease often misdiagnosed with a psychiatric problem, until recent medical innovations found the real cause—a degenerative process in the brain.

When Love Meets Dementia brings to life scenes from this disease, the physical and emotional toll on family members, the financial burden, and the difficulty in getting the diagnosis. The book offers information on prevention, treatment, and management, including examples of innovations in caregiving.

This book is a semi-memoir of my husband of 61 years. Although I am a child-development specialist and published author of three parenting books, I had to write When Love Meets Dementia to better understand the source of my husband’s bizarre behavior. This book will be of interest to physicians, caregivers, the aging population, and readers interested in family relations/memoirs, and women’s issues.

There may be many more aging individuals like Michael with strange behavior symptoms who maybe victims of FTD.

Frontotemporal Degeneration is now recognized as one of the most common forms of dementia in individuals under age 65, second only to Alzheimer’s.

When Love Meets Dementia is now available for purchase at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other fine bookstores.

The Day That Changed My Life

An Excerpt from “When Love Meets Dementia” I had flown in the night before from Phoenix, Arizona, to Syracuse, New York, to participate in the celebrations of my grandson Yoni’s Bar Mitzvah. Settling into my comfortable hotel room, my two sons came in to talk, and suddenly my world collapsed. My boys came to tell …

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At what age can human babies be safely separated from their mother? What does nature have to say on this topic? Puppies are not supposed to be separated from their litter and mother before they are two months old; they may become aggressive unruly adult dogs if separated too early Fawns stay by their mother …

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Separation Anxiety

Ask Dr. Ada: Separation Anxiety

Dear Dr. Ada: Without warning, my son, 18 months, has started crying every time we go somewhere. He is also not comfortable with other people coming to our home. Our pediatrician has been kind, but unhelpful. How can we help him? Response: Your son manifests separation anxiety. He may have had some unpleasant experience at …

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crying at school drop off

Ask Dr. Ada: Crying at School Drop Off

Dear Dr. Ada: I have a 4, soon to be 5-year-old, the oldest of 3 kids, who has been going to the same preschool for 3 years (since he was 2). EVERY SINGLE MORNING, without fail, no matter who takes him to school, no matter how early or late we get there, he cries for …

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