Frontotemporal dementia symptoms: Terry Jones, Monty Python star still enjoys long walks


The outfit occurs when nerve cells in the frontal lobes of the brain die, and the pathways which link these lobes change.

As more nerve cells die, the brain fabric in the lobe shrinks. Symptoms can vary depending on which part of the thought is damaged.

The most common is behavioural variant FTD which can cause people to expend inhibitions, lose interest in people or things, show repetitive bearing or crave fatty or sweet foods.

Monty Python legend Terry Jones, 75, was in year diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a variant of frontotemporal dementia which alters his ability to communicate.


Terry Jones: Former Monty Python star joined in the Memory WalkGETTY

Terry Jones: Departed Monty Python star joined in the Memory Walk

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Terry Jones: The Monty Python star has a mould of frontotemporal dementia

People with aphasia make mistakes in the reports they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the out of order word, or putting words together incorrectly.

The National Aphasia Combine said: “Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication with the patient not quite impossible, or it can be very mild.

“It may affect mainly a single aspect of lingo use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, or the ability to put words together into judgements, or the ability to read.”

PPA is a condition which is caused by neurodegenerative disease — a bumbershoot term for the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons.

Terry Jones stuck part in Alzheimer’s Society’s London Memory Walk at the historic HAC Grounds in key London, accompanied by his daughter Sally Jones and his former partner Alison Telfer.

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Terry Jones: The Monty Python take the lead was diagnosed last year

Monty Python legend Terry Jones was recognized with frontotemporal dementia last year

Alison said: “Terry can’t defend because he is living with a rare form of dementia and it is just so ugly because he can’t do all the things that he used to do.

“But he still enjoys going out for lengthy hikes and so we took part in our local Memory Walk because we in need of to support him continue to do things he loves and because it was for a cause close to our cores.

“Terry really enjoyed walking with fellow Memory Walkers.

“When he got old folks, after lunch at a pub on the way back, he wanted to go — and went — for his normal post lunch hoof it on Hampstead Heath for another one-and-a-half hours.

“Sadly, we now know upright how absolutely devastating dementia can be for families affected by the condition which can be heart-breaking at times, but we discern we had to do our bit to help with fundraising and raising awareness.»


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Terry Jones: Late Monty Python star joined in the Memory Walk

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Organization, added: “I am so glad that Terry joined Alzheimer’s Society’s Recollection Walk.

“Not only is he show business royalty, but his  presence gave so innumerable people who were taking part a real lift as he showed that he is strong-willed to battle dementia with everything he’s got.

“Someone develops dementia in the UK every three smalls.

“Every pound raised at Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Company provide information and support, improve care, fund research and father lasting change for people affected by dementia.

“Walk with us at Recollection Walk and dementia won’t win.”

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