10 Things You Should Know about LBD – Understanding Lewy Body Dementias

Lewy body dementia, also known as Dementia with Lewy Bodies, is one of the most common types of progressive Dementia.

Lewy Body Dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.

People with Lewy Body Dementia may experience visual hallucinations,  cognitive problems, depression, apathy, and changes in alertness and attention.

Other effects include Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms such as rigid muscles, slow movement and tremors.

Another symptom may be REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) where a person loses muscle paralysis and acts out their dreams during REM sleep.

Memory loss may not be prevalent in the early stages and there is no cure or medication that will modify the progression of the disease.

In Summary: People diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies have a build up of clumps and proteins in their nerve cells in their brain known as Lewy bodies. This damages the way the nerve cells work and communicate with each other.

10 Things You Should Know about LBD – Understanding Lewy Body Dementia’s

You can download a booklet from the Lewy Body dementia Association here



 

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