|Author(s)||Michael Sean Smith|
|Title||Disagreements in Assessment Sequences with Persons Diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Dementia, Assessments, Disagreement|
|Book title||Learning from the Talk of Persons with Dementia|
Frontotemporal dementia is a degenerative neuropathy affecting the frontal and anterior temporal lobes of the brain. Atrophy in the right frontal or temporal region of the brain affects the social behavior of a person with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This chapter reports on an ethnographic study of an individual with FTD to show how the disease manifests in social interaction through assessment sequences, or valuation utterances of referents (e.g., The cake is wonderful.) and the co-participants’ expected second assessments (e.g., I agree. This cake is simply to die for!), particularly when second assessments are atypical or absent. The interactions examined are between a person with FTD and her caregivers. They help us to see how certain atypical behaviors in conversation become problematic for others, and they help further our understanding of FTD, as well as other dementias, with such social interaction.