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What is Lewy Body Dementia?

By Beth Brown, 8:00 am on

There are several different types of dementia that affect the aging population, each with its own set of symptoms and treatment options. Lewy body dementia (LBD) is caused by abnormal protein deposits found in a region of the brain stem that deplete dopamine. This progressive form of dementia is oftentimes hard on family members because of the personality changes that their aging loved one goes through.

About LBD

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which affects the brain’s emotional responses and also regulates movement. The protein deposits also affect other areas of the brain and can result in a chemical imbalance that interferes with perception, thinking and behavior. Lewy body dementia can exist either independently or in conjunction with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases.

Handling multiple diagnoses at once can be a lot for an unprepared family caregiver to handle alone. When dealing with the unique needs of a senior adult with these conditions, it can be helpful and beneficial to your aging loved one if a professional and experienced live-in caregiver in Palm Beach County is handling their care.

Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County offers specialized care specifically for seniors who have been diagnosed with dementia, Parkinson’s and/or Alzheimer’s. For more information on our personalized in-home dementia care plans, click here.

Symptoms of LBD
The symptoms of many people with LBD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s consists of difficulty thinking and reasoning. Symptoms of Lewy body dementia also progress to rigid muscles, a hunched posture and difficulty in movement. Visual, aural, olfactory and tactile hallucinations might also be experienced.

Treating LBD
At this juncture, there is no treatment that specifically targets Lewy body dementia. However, family members and in-home caregivers can participate in an aging adult’s care by walking with them daily. Exercise, fresh air, and dynamic surroundings enhance sensory activation. Monitoring blood pressure and hydration are also important.

In-Home Dementia Care

With LBD, a dementia caregiver’s objective is to provide as much independence and dignity given the circumstances, while still ensuring appropriate care. As the disease progresses, so does the need for increased care. If the level of care has become too much for you to manage on your own, the experienced caregivers at Palm Beach County Home Care Assistance are available to help.From providing practical everyday assistance to encouraging and uplifting the entire family, you and your aging loved one will soon experience peace of mind knowing a professional caregiver is there for around-the-clock support.

Give us a call at 561.429.8292 if you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a free consultation.