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Minor Infractions and Dementia

Frontotemporal dementia affects 10-15% of all dementia cases, and the early onset of this condition may not be immediately noticeable, but can result in minor incidents. Most often, these incidents are limited to unwanted behavior, traffic infractions, or petty thefts. Unfortunately, these individuals may be considered as accountable for their actions even though much can be attributed to the onset of dementia symptoms.


Affecting the region of the brain responsible for controlling impulse, frontotemporal dementia can lead to unintentional inappropriate behaviors. According to researchers, 37% of those affected with this disorder had exhibited criminal behavior such as trespassing, unwanted advances, and minor traffic violations. Often, these cases are lapses in judgment or confusion that typically would have been filtered out of the decision making process.


These individuals, though affected, are also quite in control of their other faculties and may not be deemed as having dementia. In these cases, it is important that friends and family be mindful of daily routines and behavior for early identification Additionally, if an incident occurs, the individual should be evaluated for dementia.


Though there is no way to make absolutely certain that infractions do not occur, vigilance can help to reduce the likelihood. Wandering alarms designed for persons with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia can be used to ensure that an individual does not leave a controlled environment. Additionally, if there is any concern, the affected person should be accompanied on any trip outside of the home environment. Any friends or family members that have concern can seek out knowledge regarding Alzheimer's Disease and dementia that can help to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

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