International Food For Thought Week Starts 10/4

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RADNOR, Pa., Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Many worthy causes ask us to run or walk a 5K to raise awareness of a medical condition, but not the Food for Thought campaign from The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).  Instead of working up a sweat—or freezing under ice buckets—participants are invited to share some food and spread the word about the life-altering brain disease Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD).

“FTD is devastating for those affected. Yet it is little known and it is poorly understood,” said Susan L-J Dickinson, AFTD Executive Director.  “It can take years for families to get a correct diagnosis.”

FTD is the most prevalent form of dementia for adults under age 60. It is frequently confused with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and certain psychiatric disorders. Misdiagnosis is costly for patients and the medical community.

In its third year, the Food for Thought campaign is gaining momentum, with events now planned in 37 U.S. states. The goal is to raise funds to fight FTD, while raising awareness during World FTD Awareness Week from October 4-11, 2015.

“FTD affects a person’s executive functioning and social skills, and eventually prevents human connection,” said Dickinson. “Sharing food brings families and communities together,” she added, “and these events foster a sense of connection for people facing an isolating disease.”

-To support the campaign, search this list of events in your area. Please share with your friends on Facebook.

World FTD Awareness Week (October 4-11) – From conferences in Australia and The Netherlands, to a concert and art gallery in Spain, to a citywide proclamation in Canada, constituents around the world are making their voices heard in the fight against FTD. Click here for ways to join this crucial week for awareness!