David Pfeifer wrote -
Cathy Pfeifer, dear wife to David, supermom to Sam, Juliana and Adam, ended her battle with Frontotemporal Dimentia (FTD) this past Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Cathy fought this fight with the same grace, beauty and tenacity with which she lived her life. We are strengthened by Cathy's courage and the love of all things she gave us.
Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a disease process that results in progressive damage to the temporal and/or frontal lobes of the brain. FTD is also commonly referred to as frontotemporal dementia or Picks disease. The hallmark of FTD is a gradual, progressive decline in behavior and/or language (with memory usually relatively preserved). As the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult for people to plan or organize activities, behave appropriately in social or work settings, interact with others, and care for oneself, resulting in increasing dependency on caregivers.
While there are currently no treatments to slow or stop the progression of the disease, FTD research is expanding, producing greater understanding of the disorders. We anticipate that this knowledge will result in a growing number of potential therapeutics entering clinical testing within the next few years.
Many of you have asked how you can support the family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made, in Cathy's name, to the AFTD Association.