How to Identify and Deal With Lewy Body Dementia
Often the most misdiagnosed neurodegenerative disease, Lewy body dementia has only recently come into national awareness due to the untimely passing of Oscar-winning actor and comedian, Robin Williams, and most recently, Bill Buckner, legendary first basemen of the Red Sox (whose dubious distinction was elongating the Sox’ world series losing streak). According to his wife, Buckner battled Lewy body dementia until his death at age 69, whereas Williams, who took his own due to serious depression, wasn’t “diagnosed” with Lewy body dementia until after the fact. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was treated for motor symptoms instead of the cognitive disorders that accompany Lewy body dementia. Now that Lewy body dementia (LBD) has our attention, it’s important to understand what it is and what the most up-to-date research tells us in terms of diagnosing, living with, and treating Lewy body dementia.
What is Lewy Body Dementia?
LBD Signs and Symptoms
Who is at risk?
Those at greater risk of developing Lewy body dementia include people older than 60, men more than women, and those who have a family member with Lewy body dementia or Parkinson’s disease.