Younger-onset dementia worse for carers

Higher levels of stress are reported in carers of patients with younger-onset dementia compared with Alzheimer’s disease, and now scientists can pinpoint why.

The results of a neuroimaging study reveal a decrease in grey matter in the ‘social brain’, which is related to loss of empathy, one of the core symptoms of younger-onset dementia, also known as of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD).