Stanford Center for Memory Disorders

Frontotemporal Dementia Complications

FTD is not life-threatening. A person may live with FTD for years. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death in those who have FTD. They also are at increased risk for infections and fall-related injuries.

As FTD progressively worsens, a person may engage in dangerous behaviors or be unable to care for himself or herself. A person with FTD may need 24-hour nursing care or to stay in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

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