There are several different forms of dementia, and one of them is dementia with Lewy bodies. This particular form of dementia is not rare but is under-diagnosed because of the similarities between this and other forms of dementia. It might take a couple years for enough symptoms to develop to diagnose. Continue seeking out medical attention if you have not officially received a diagnosis. It might be Lewy body dementia, or it might another form of dementia.
LBD can refer to both Parkinson’s disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies because it is an umbrella term for dementia with the presence of Lewy bodies.
Some of the most common symptoms include impaired thinking or fluctuations in cognition, attention or alertness. Problems with movements, such as tremors, stiffness, slowness, and difficulty walking will most likely develop as well. Some people might also experience sleep disorders or hallucinations, as well as behavioral and mood changes.
Although there is no cure for Lewy body dementia, there are several forms of treatment for the symptoms. Once you or a loved one receives this diagnosis, your doctor will advise you on the best course of action. Those who have Lewy body dementia will most likely receive the same forms of treatment as those with other forms of dementia.
The symptoms do show up in a varying order, so there is no set way in which Lewy body dementia progresses. Eventually, however, it is very likely that someone with LBD will end up needing more attention. With memory care housing, those with LBD or any other form of dementia are able to receive the care and attention necessary on a daily basis. Being around others might also be of benefit. Social interaction can be a health benefit.
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