This terrific recent article in The Independent (of Ireland) is about frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Excerpt:
The news that Terry Jones has dementia is very sad. He, along with the other Pythons, has become a household name – at least for those of us over the age of 50.
His part as the mother of Brian in Life of Brian will be amusingly remembered. Now the news that he cannot speak any more must be heartbreaking and frustrating for a man who lived by the spoken word, by quips and by wit. And now he is silent.
The news of this broke when his family arranged an interview to publicise the condition of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) from which he suffers, and about which the public know very little. His long-standing buddy Michael Palin was also interviewed.
Most people associate dementia with Alzheimer’s disease and while it is the most common, FTD is often a missed diagnosis as it is not thought about.
The full article is worth reading. See: