The second most common type of Dementia according to Mayo Clinic. This type of Dementia includes protein deposits called Lewy Bodies
Lewy Body Dementia Resources
Lewy Body Symptoms
- Visual hallucinations,
- Movement disorders,
- Poor regulation of body functions,
- Cognitive problems,
- Sleep difficulties ( including REM Sleep Disorder),
- Fluctuating attention,
- Severe dementia
- Aggressive behavior
- Increased risk of falling and injury due to disruption of the Autonomic nervous system
- causing blood pressure to drop, and dizziness that leads to falls and urinary incontinence.
- Worsening of parkinsonian signs and symptoms, such as tremors
- Death, on average about eight years after symptoms start
- Source- Mayo clinic
Other Names for Lewy Body Dementia
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Abnormal build up of proteins called Lewy Bodies.
Risk factors include:
- being older than 60,
- being male,
- having a family history
Treatments for Lewy Body Dementia
Some treatments include:
- Cholinesterase inhibitor drugs- which treat thinking changes.
- Antidepressants- for depression.
- Clonazepam to treat REM Sleep Disorder.
- Antipsychotics should be used with extreme caution as they may cause serious side effects for people with Lewy Body Dementia.