Characterisation of “positive” behaviours in primary progressive aphasias

Akira Midorikawa*, Fiona Kumfor, Cristian E. Leyton, David Foxe, Ramon Landin-Romero, John R. Hodges, Olivier Piguet

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Background/Aims: Although some patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) exhibit novel or improved skills after the onset of dementia, these changes have yet to be quantified. Therefore, this study systematically explored and identified the emergence of positive behaviours after dementia onset. Methods: This study included 48 carers of patients with PPA: 12 nonfluent/agrammatic PPA (nfvPPA), 22 semantic variant PPA (svPPA), and 14 logopenic variant PPA (lvPPA). The presence and frequency of positive behaviour changes after dementia onset were established using the Hypersensory and Social/Emotional Scale (HSS). Results: Scores on Sensitivity to Details, Visuospatial Activities, and Music Activities differed significantly among the groups. More specifically, svPPA was associated with increased visuospatial activity, but only in the mild stage of the disease; nfvPPA was associated with increased visuospatial activity and decreased music activity, while lvPPA exhibited the reverse profile. Conclusions: The results demonstrate that subsets of PPA patients show novel or increased positive behaviours following dementia onset, and differences among subtypes may be helpful for improving diagnostic accuracy. Additionally, harnessing these skills may improve the quality of life of both patients and carers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Caregivers
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Hobbies
  • Primary progressive nonfluent aphasia
  • Questionnaires
  • Semantic dementia


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