Lewy Body Dementia Care
Lewy body dementia is a form of dementia named for the scientist Friederich H. Lewy, who discovered abnormal protein deposits that disrupt the brain's normal functioning while researching Parkinson’s disease in the early 1900s. While Lewy body dementia affects an estimated 1.3 million individuals in the United States, many medical professionals are still unfamiliar with the disease (despite the fact that LBD is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's).
Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities, and can exist alone or in conjunction with other brain diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Lewy body dementia is also known to cause visual hallucinations, significant fluctuations in alertness and attention, rigid muscles, slowed movement and tremors.
Lewy body dementia is a progressive disease with signs and symptoms typically worsening over time, leading to severe dementia and death (on average, eight years after onset). There is no known cure for Lewy body dementia and treatment can be challenging.
Caring for individuals with Lewy body dementia can be daunting. You can help a loved one cope with the disease by listening, being supportive and positive, and doing your best to help them retain dignity and self-respect. However, for many individuals with Lewy body dementia, living at home is no longer an option. But that doesn’t mean their days at home are over, it just means that it’s time for a different home.
One route many people take for a loved one with Lewy body dementia is the selection of a memory care community. Silverado’s approach to memory care communities is to make them a resident’s home, fully and completely. Here your loved one will find a comfortable, familiar environment with the same respect and dignity they have always known.