People with dementia may have hidden talents, strange case shows

February 3, 2015 12:25 PM

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People with dementia may have hidden talents, strange case shows

A 60-year-old businessman lost his job and much of his personality to dementia. But despite his mentally debilitating condition, he learned to play the saxophone for the first time in his life, and played exceptionally well, according to a new report of his case.

The Korean man, called J.K. in the report, had developed a form of dementia known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD), in which the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain shrink. As a result of the condition, J.K.'s personality gradually changed. He started behaving inappropriately in social situation...

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