What is Lewy body dementia?

What is Lewy body dementia?

Lewy body dementia is a complex and challenging condition, affecting memory, thinking, movement, sleep and behaviour. It is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

The most common disease you've never heard of

Lewy body dementia it is the second most common type of neurodegenerative dementia in older people. It accounts for approximately 15% of all cases of dementia. 

Lewy body dementia is an umbrella terms which includes both Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s dementia. 

It is caused by abnormal deposits of protein in the brain. These deposits affect the brain’s ability to function properly, causing problems with thinking, memory, movement, mood and sleep. 

If you, or someone you are caring for, has dementia and experiences hallucinations, confusion, drowsiness, tremors, falls, fainting spells, stiffness, slowness of movement and depression, then it might be Lewy body dementia. 

It requires specialised care and therefore an accurate diagnosis is crucial. 

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