Mark Dutton

First post: Jun 2, 2020 Latest post: Mar 14, 2024
In 2018, Mark was diagnosed with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD,) and passed away in 2024. We have used this site to keep family and friends updated, and we appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement! If you haven't yet, check out the  "Introduction" post on the Journal page as a starting point for FTD and Mark's journey:

To hear Keri tell our caregiving story:
To hear Ben and Keri share how we arrived at diagnosis:

Frontotemporal degeneration (also called frontotemporal dementia or FTD) is a terminal, neurodegenerative brain disease that affects mainly the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain – the parts responsible for things like judgment, empathy, emotional control, inhibition, personality, and logic. Mark had the behavioral variant, and in addition to his FTD symptoms, he experienced significant memory loss, especially with short-term and mid-term memory, as you would expect in Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. There currently is no prevention, treatment, or cure for FTD.

Mark lived in memory care from 2019 until his passing. His daughter Keri became his legal guardian, and she and his son Caleb continued to be involved in his everyday care as much as possible.

This site will be the story of the family's care giving journey, written mainly by Keri. Check out the "Journal" page for more of our story.

For further info on FTD, please visit the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration on the AFTD website: