What Is Lewy Body Dementia?
Lewy body dementia, also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, can appear similar to Alzheimer’s disease with changes in memory. Patients with Lewy body dementia also may develop vivid hallucinations. The hallucinations are most often visual representations of people or animals.
Lewy body dementia symptoms may fluctuate significantly from moment to moment or day to day. A patient with Lewy body dementia may be able to perform a routine task one moment, forget how the next moment, then remember. This can be confusing and perhaps frustrating for caregivers.
Many will develop physical symptoms such as slowed movements, stiffness and changes in walking and balance similar to Parkinson’s disease. Some with Lewy body dementia also will have episodes of syncope, or fainting. Lewy body dementia often coexists with Alzheimer’s and is typically treated in the same way.
Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Family history of Lewy body dementia or Parkinson’s disease, as well as age 60 and up and a male gender identification at birth are common risk factors.
The specialists at Norton Neuroscience Institute Memory Center have the experience and expertise to precisely diagnose Lewy body dementia and other types of dementia and neurological conditions. Our providers are at the leading edge of advances in this rapidly developing field to help slow the progress and manage dementia symptoms.
More patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana trust Norton Neuroscience Institute with their neurological care than any other provider in the area. Patients find a comprehensive range of board-certified specialists who provide a diversity of viewpoints to develop a customized care plan for each patient.
The Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center can support patients and caregivers through the progression of Lewy body dementia, including resources to help caregivers through this time and transition from home care to specialized care if necessary.