Lewy Body disease is a dementia it differs from Alzheimers in its Symptoms and findings after death
What is Lewy Body Disease???
It is simuliar to Alheimer's but the SX are typically different on close examination ,with different signs found IN the brain after DEATH.
The cause is still unknown.
Lewy body disease has relatively recently been accepted as a separate disease in its own right.
The disease gets its name because of the deposits which are found in the brain after death (named after the doctor who first wrote about them). Lewy bodies are round deposits which contain damaged nerve cells. They are probably formed as the cells try to protect themselves from attack.
It is of utmost importance to diagnose the demetia as there are different medications for the differenrt Dementia's as well as symptoms and treatment plans .....Some Family Members have a difficule time believing this COULD / DOES happen to THEIR loved ones............
The dementia associated with Lewy body disease affects:
language..slurred speech....no talking at all ....yelling.......
the ability to judge distances
The abilty to do or perform everyday tasks
(things they alwasy did before
The ability to Reason
(can become very beligerent or introverted
People with this type of Dementia may often suffer from Hallucinations
(They may think they see a cat or animal or even a person on a chair when there is not one
Or other things they think they are seeing that are not there
They may suffer from falls for no apparent reason, because their ability to judge distances and make movements and actions accurately is disrupted.
They may develop some Parkinson type symptoms such as slowness of movement, stiffness and tremor. In a few cases heart rate and blood pressure are affected.
The abilities of the affected person often fluctuate from hour to hour, and over weeks and months. This sometimes causes carers to think that the person is 'putting on' their confusion.
THEY ARE NOT PUTTING ON THEIR CONFUSION......
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 6/9/2008 8:02:30 AM (GMT-6)