Being Patient (September 3, 2019): End Stage Alzheimer’s: What to Expect and How to Build Resiliency

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a complex, challenging brain disorder that affects many parts of the brain. Although less known than its “cousins” Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, it affects 1.4 million Americans.

Where Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, it is followed by LBD and then Parkinson’s. Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph. D., University of Michigan, says: “Despite the prevalence of Lewy Body Dementia, confirming it can be challenging for doctors and patients alike.”

Dementia is a term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life activity. Most people think dementia is memory-
related, but it is not always the case. Dementia can affect balance and movement, decision-making skills, language skills, visuospatial skills and attention, without affecting memory.

Susan Barber, Mayo Clinic, points out a few symptoms of LBD that a person may experience:

  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Tremors and movement disorders
  • Fluctuation in day-to-day activities

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