• Expert Q&A: Rare dementias - Tues 3 March, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of rare dementias. It will be hosted by Nikki and Seb from Rare Dementia Support. If you have any questions about rare dementias, they will be here to answer them on Tuesday 3 March between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

Tip: Using the asterisk in searches


Registered User
Mar 23, 2005
The asterisk character * can be used when searching as a 'wild card'.

A wild card tells the search engine to count any combination of characters which appear where the * appears as a match.

This came to light recently when looking for the best way to search for a type of dementia called frontotemporal dementia.

People use a few different terms when referring to this type of dementia, some people use frontal temporal dementia or even the abbreviation FTD

If I searched for front* I would get a match for both frontal and frontotemporal. I would also get matches for other words that start with front, like frontier and front.

The other use of the asterisk is to get around the current limitation of the search engine when it comes to short words or abbreviations.

Putting FTD into the search will return no results, but FTD* will work.


Registered User
Feb 3, 2009
Thanks Sandy, a very useful bit of info because I had trouble with the search. No longer, hopefully :)


Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
Hello Sandy

Can you repeat instuctions fro a `screen shot` here please. Perhaps you could change the title to Sandy`s Tips.