Long Term Care

Lewy Body Dementia

Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Grace House of Windham is a safe environment for the memory impaired, including those with Lewy Body Dementia. Lewy Body Dementia is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain. The disease has common symptoms with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and is common in older adults. Lewy Body Dementia accounts for as many as 20% of the seven million cases of dementia in the United States. This disease is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.

Dementia with Lewy bodies is the term for numerous disorders or conditions that cause dementia. The disease is named after smooth round protein lumps, which are called Lewy bodies, found in the nerve cells of affected brains. The Lewy bodies are found throughout the layer of the brain and deep inside the brainstem.

Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia :

  • Problems with memory and judgment, confusion and other cognitive symptoms that overlap with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Cognitive symptoms and level of alertness may fluctuate during the day from day to day
  • Movement problems, including stiffness, shuffling walk, shakiness, lack of facial expression, and problems with balance and falls
  • In about 50% of cases, Lewy Body Dementia is associated with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder

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