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Lewy Body, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s related dementia?

According to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly it is increasingly important that families know the difference between Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease related dementia. The primary concern is that treatments for these dementia diagnoses differ, and certain dementia medications may actually worsen LBD symptoms.

While a doctor is the best resource to make the important differentiation, there are some ways for family members to readily identify symptoms related to LBD verses those related to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease related dementia.

Most types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, include impaired thinking and  issues with memory. Movement problems, tremors, stiffness, slowness and difficulty walking are common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease which may later lead to Parkinson’s disease related dementia.

When movement problems are accompanied by hallucinations, behavioral problems, or changes in autonomic body functions, such as blood pressure control, temperature regulation, or bladder function we are likely to find an initial diagnosis of LBD. To read the full article by Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly click HERE.

As with all types of dementia, early identification, diagnosis and treatment of LBD can improve a patients’ quality of life. KNOW MORE on purpose, and share this information with those in your network below.

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