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The second most common type of Dementia according to Mayo Clinic. This type of Dementia includes protein deposits called Lewy Bodies

Lewy Body Symptoms

  • Visual hallucinations,
  • Movement disorders,
  • Poor regulation of body functions,
  • Cognitive problems,
  • Sleep difficulties ( including REM Sleep Disorder),
  • Fluctuating attention,
  • Depression,
  • Apathy,
  • 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

Other Names for Lewy Body Dementia

Dementia with Lewy Bodies

LBD

Parkinson’s Disease Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia Associated Disorders

Sleep disorders

Depression

Other Types of Dementia

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.