October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month
Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second leading cause of dementia in the U.S. Over 1.3 million people suffer from LBD in this country and it is estimated that only 30-50% of LBD cases are accurately diagnosed. According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD has significant differences from Alzheimers and presents with cognitive, Parkinsonian and neuro-psychiatric symptoms.
* Progressive memory, judgement and insight loss
* Significant flucuations in alertness, attention and cognition
* Apathy and difficulty with language
* Muscle stiffness, rigidity, and tremors
* Shuffling gait, balance difficulties, repeated falls and stooped posture.
* Blank facial expression, weak voice and swallowing difficulties.
* Hallucinations, delusions, and mood disorders.
* Transient unresponsiveness
* REM Sleep Disorder, people “act out” their dreams
An early and accurate diagnosis of LBD is very important because of possible adverse reactions to certain antipsychotic drugs, anesthesia, anti-depressants and OTC drugs. LBD patients and their families need considerable resources and assistance from healthcare professionals. Caregiver burden is especially high because LBD patients have problems in many areas. Learn more about LBD at
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