Some people ask what exactly Lewy Body Dementia is and how it is different from Alzheimer's.
Dementia With Lewy Bodies (DLB)
Lewy bodies are microscopic deposits of a protein that form in some people's brains. They're named after the scientist who discovered them.
If someone you know gets DLB, it's because these deposits have formed in the part of the brain called the cortex.
The symptoms include:
• Problems thinking clearly, making decisions, or paying attention
• Memory trouble
• Seeing things that aren't there, known as visual hallucinations
• Unusual sleepiness during the day
• Periods of "blanking out" or staring
• Problems with movement, including trembling, slowness, and trouble walking
• Dreams where you act out physically, including, talking, walking, and kicking
Since Lewy bodies tend to coexist with Alzheimer's brain changes, it may sometimes be hard to distinguish Lewy Body Dementia from Alzheimer's disease, especially in the early stages.
Like other types of dementia that destroy brain cells, Lewy Body Dementia gets worse over time and shortens lifespan. Call Mountain Home Care for more information on how we can help, such as in-home nursing services care.