What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe memory-loss related illnesses that occur during later stages of life. There are different types of dementia, including Lewy Body Dementia, a disease that is associated with abnormal deposits of protein in the brain. These deposits are called Lewy bodies and will negatively affect the chemicals in the brain, leading to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood.

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While the precise cause of Lewy Body Dementia is unknown, there are scientists working to learn more about the disease, and certain risk factors have been identified through research about the disease. Age is the greatest risk factor for this disease, but no specific lifestyle factors have been connected to LBD. However, health conditions like Parkinson’s disease, REM sleep behavior disorders, and family history can all indicate a higher risk of a patient developing this disease.

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Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms may differ from patient to patient, so it’s important to stay vigilant and keep up with regular health care check ups to ensure early diagnosis. Cognitive symptoms of LBD can include hallucinations; unpredictable changes or difficulty with concentration, attention, and alertness; and severe loss of thinking and logical abilities such as poor judgment, confusion, and difficulty with words or numbers. Other signs and symptoms may be present to help distinguish LBD from other forms of dementia.

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Types & Diagnosis

Lewy Body Dementia is usually associated with two types of diagnosis: Parkinson’s disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. While these are two distinct diagnoses, patients with these conditions do eventually develop similar symptoms. Diagnosis is made possible through regular visits to healthcare providers and immediate discussion if cognitive abilities, movement, and sleep patterns change.

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Treatment & Care

While Lewy Body Dementia cannot be prevented or cured with current medical means, patients may see improvement of certain symptoms with treatment and thorough care. If your loved one is exhibiting symptoms of dementia, Circle of Life Care is here to help with a treatment and care plan to ensure their best quality of life. Contact us today to learn more.

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