Call Now to Speak with a Care Manager Speak with a Care Manager Now: 480.448.6215

Senior Health: All About Lewy Body Dementia

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Most family caregivers are aware that dementia is a health concern a senior loved one may face one day. However, many families are unaware that there are many different types of dementia, and, Lewy body dementia is the second leading type behind Alzheimer’s. Chandler Home Care Assistance provides family caregivers with basic information on what LBD is, the symptoms, and treatment.

What is LBD?

LBD is a progressive form of dementia caused by an abnormal accumulation of microscopic protein deposits in the brain. These deposits cause a slow deterioration process, which manifests itself through a series of symptoms that are distinctly associated with Lewy body dementia. The characteristics of LBD are similar to those of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. A diagnosis from a physician helps families and caregivers understand the disorder, allowing them to make preparations for care.

Symptoms

LBD affects both motor skills and cognitive functions and can worsen over time. Some of the most common symptoms include difficulty making decisions, organizational skills, planning, and visual perception. LBD can also be accompanied by changes in awareness, unintentional motor movements, and hallucinations.

Treatments

Currently, there is no cure for LBD, but there are medications available designed to treat and control many of the symptoms. Living with or caring for someone with LBD is a helped by understanding the disease, and establishing routine is recommended to maintain a healthy environment for your loved one. Seniors who have LBD need to modify their daily tasks and make lifestyle changes to help them with the disease as it progresses. Often, families will find the help of a professional caregiver in Chandler invaluable for ensuring their loved one maintains a high quality of living.

Are you interested in learning more about the various types of dementia or finding dementia home care in Chandler? Home Care Assistance can help. We are the leading provider of senior care in Chandler and specialize in around-the-clock care for seniors with age-related health concerns. Each of our caregivers is highly trained and vetted before hire to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible with the care your loved one is receiving. Call us at (480) 448-6215 to schedule a free in-home consultation .