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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Study reveals why dementia sufferers lose memory of significant life events


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TONY EASTLEY: A study by Neuroscience Research Australia has revealed for the first time why sufferers of dementia lose their memory of significant life events such as deaths and marriages, as well as the ability to interact socially.

Researchers hope that this latest research will help to improve diagnosis and treatment of the illness, which can kill within years.

AM's Katie Hamann spoke to one of the authors of the study, Fiona Kumfor.

FIONA KUMFOR: It's really interesting with frontotemporal dementia, because unlike Alzheimer's disease, memory isn't the first thing to go.

In people with frontotemporal dementia, changes in their personality and behaviour and emotion are often one of the first signs that something's happening.

The patients that we see are typically still working, and what we often see is that people who were really proficient at work suddenly seem to start having a few difficulties and they might be having difficulties getting along with people they're working with, or just aren't quite behaving as appropriately as they previously would have.

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Study reveals why dementia sufferers lose memory of significant life events