A while back in the 805Aging blog, we discussed the topic of dementia, focusing mainly on Alzheimer’s disease. But as you may know, there are other types that exist, including Lewy body dementia.
The second most common form of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s, this disease occurs, according to the Mayo clinic, when protein deposits called Lewy bodies form in brain nerve cells that pertain to thinking, memory and movement/motor control. Though well over a million people in the U.S. have Lewy body dementia, the disease tends to be underdiagnosed due to its symptom similarities to Alzheimer’s.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) adds that it is actually an umbrella term that also includes Parkinson’s disease, which we have also discussed here. Again, because symptoms can be quite alike, misdiagnoses are frequently made here, as well.
Though it can take up to 2 years to officially diagnose LBD, it is important to do so as close to onset as possible, as an early diagnosis can dramatically extend your elderly parent’s quality of life. Some signs may include frequent disruption of sleeping patterns, repeated falls, fainting, hallucinations, alertness changes, sudden loss of cognition, rigid muscles, slowness in movement, and tremors that could again resemble the onset of Parkinson’s.
If your elderly loved one is diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, the LBDA advises a comprehensive approach for treatment, involving the assembly of a collaborating team of specialists to administer treatment that will not worsen the condition. As usual, when it comes to Lewy body disease diagnosis, care and treatment, knowledge is power when it comes to the health of your favorite senior. Never hesitate to approach a physician when you have questions about your parent’s behavior. Doing so could mean a world of difference in their overall quality of life – and your own.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
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