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Dementia: It's more than Alzheimer's

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Alzheimer’s disease is starting to get more attention.

People affected by other causes of dementia, and the researchers studying those conditions, are just starting to catch the public eye.

Matthew Sharp, a program coordinator at the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, tried to remind policymakers of the importance of the “related causes of dementia” recently during the public comment period at a meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

The law that created the council calls for it to help people with conditions such as frontotemporal degeneration, Lewy body dementia, mixed dementia and vascular dementia, Sharp told council members.

Sharp asked council members to make sure they think carefully about the terms they use when they are creating and updating documents, to make sure the other conditions, and the people suffering from those conditions, also get help.

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