Shock of loss may have been cause of ill­ness

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Lo­rane Bray­don has fron­totem­po­ral de­men­tia, a rare form of the con­di­tion.

For a num­ber of years she had suf­fered mem­ory loss, such as for­get­ting what peo­ple had just said, reach­ing a dan­ger­ous ex­tent that she was leav­ing the cooker and taps on.

She said: “At first I thought it was for­get­ful­ness, then I went to see my GP about it in De­cem­ber 2012 and a spe­cial­ist a month later.”

She be­lieves the de­men­tia may have been trig­gered from the shock of los­ing both her par­ents within a year.

She had been a cleaner at a hol­i­day park but had to re­tire be­cause of her con­di­tion.

Frono­totem­po­ral de­men­tia is more un­com­mon as it only af­fects around 16,000 peo­ple in the UK, usu­ally un­der-65S.

It tends to af­fect the front and side lobes of the brain, largely re­spon­si­ble for abil­i­ties such as plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing. It usu­ally af­fects younger peo­ple.

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