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Authors

  1. Houseman, Gail
  2. Walsh, Susan
  3. Brothers, Allyson
  4. Lyter, Judy
  5. Simmons, Zachary
  6. Klapper, Jennifer

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Research in the previous decade has found a link between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). It is estimated that as many as 50% of all people with ALS will have some degree of cognitive impairment and that approximately 10%-25% of patients will meet the Neary criteria for FTD. For the caregivers of persons with both ALS and FTD, the burden of care can be quite high. Nurses are in a position to help the caregivers cope.