What is the treatment?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this type of dementia, and there are medications specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to combat it. Many patients with dementia with Lewy bodies benefit from drugs such as Aricept, Razadyne or Exelon on, which were originally developed for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
Can also be improved with drugs used in Parkinson’s patients to relieve symptoms of motion, such as Sinemet and Stalevo. People with Lewy body dementia taking antipsychotic medications should not, unless your doctor will say (as though they can improve hallucinations, symptoms may worsen with movement). Read the rest of this entry »
As Lewy bodies may develop in different parts of the brain, dementia can cause this much broader range of symptoms, both physical and behavioral. Some are the same symptoms that occur with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Let those who resemble each other and those who distinguished:
Symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s:
- Slow, shuffling gait or tremor
- The person is rigid when walking or standing
- He has no expression on his face Read the rest of this entry »
How is it similar or different to other types of dementia?
People with Lewy body dementia show a progressive deterioration of memory and thought and language difficulties and this seems to Alzheimer’s. However, it is possible that the alertness and the ability to know and associate concepts fluctuate, ie to improve and get worse from one moment to another or times during the day, which does not occur with Alzheimer’s.
Also, the onset of the disease, patients with this type of dementia experience visual hallucinations and delusions, which distinguishes it from other types of dementia. On the other hand, those with dementia with Lewy bodies have symptoms similar to Parkinson’s sufferers because they have problems of mobility and balance. This is because the same brain structures are affected in Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Read the rest of this entry »
Dementia, this disorder that affects brain function, not a single disease but a group of them that are grouped under one term. It has many faces and, unfortunately, they are all ugly. The best known form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, followed by dementia with Lewy bodies, which also is progressive and incurable. Learn to identify your symptoms so you can help if a loved one is affected.
Dementia, the irreversible loss of intellectual capacity covered by the report, the ability to express themselves and communicate with others, as well as organizing the daily work and to lead a productive, independent lives, affects millions of people, especially the elderly. It’s a common misconception that it is a single disease. In fact, there are several types of dementia, as there are different types of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes we would give anything not to have to lift a finger. When the tasks and obligations are piling up, dream of eternal holiday! Or what the Italians call the “dolce far niente” (the delight of doing nothing). It turns out that we will have to change your mind: A study has shown that older people remain more active and use more energy to perform everyday tasks are less likely to lose their mental abilities and can thus keep away dementia.
It’s about a new perspective. Wash the dishes, vacuuming, go to the cleaners, caregiving, fold laundry, ironing, dusting … None of it was considered formally as “exercise”, as opposed to sports or specific body movements and aerobics, weights or yoga. Ah, but the Cinderella of the housework has come to the ball! Now they have health benefits and very specific, including: the all-important task of reducing the likelihood of dementia. Read the rest of this entry »
As you recognize some symptoms, take your loved one’s doctor immediately. It is important to inform yourself as much as possible about the disease, its characteristics and the different stages, especially if the person and you live in the same house or going to be in their care. Here are some tips to relieve stress if you are caring for an Alzheimer’s patient:
- Find out about the resources in your community for support, information and education about the disease.
- Learn as much as possible about the disease and techniques to help patients who suffer from it.
- Ask for help from your family and friends. It is important that the care of another person not neglect yourself. Eat well, exercise and rest as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
There are changes in memory that disturb and hinder daily activities. This is one of the most common signs, especially the neglect of recent information. The person begins to forget important dates or events, ask the same information over and over again, you need reminders and assistance (notes, notices) and support from family members for things that previously could perform alone. If memory loss is simply a symptom of old age, a person may forget names or appointments, but later recalled.
Difficult to plan or to resolve problems. Some people have trouble following a recipe, balance a checkbook, or making your monthly payments. They can not concentrate well and are slow to make things much more than before. If it is a symptom of old age, the person may make mistakes occasionally, but not always.
Difficulty performing familiar tasks at home, employment, or while having fun. People with Alzheimer’s often forget how to get to a place well known, follow the steps of an assignment at work, or even the rules of their favorite game. People with symptoms of aging, however, may need help to record a television program, for example, but can continue their normal lives. Read the rest of this entry »
After cancer is the most feared disease in the world, and is easy to see why: the brain disease that is irreversible and progressive, is gradually destroying memory, thinking and ability to perform tasks simple and routine. Stop being who is gradually, day by day, diluting the memories and knowledge in a slow quenching of identity.
It is a very difficult disease to patients and their families. It currently affects 5.4 million Americans and the number is increasing. It is important that you learn to recognize their signals for both the sufferer and the family physically and emotionally prepared to face the disease.
Alzheimer’s can knock any family. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (Alzheimer’s Association), a person in the United States develops the disease every 69 seconds. And the middle of this century, is estimated to be even faster: 1 person will be affected every 33 seconds. Usually associated with old age, but the truth is that it also can develop in younger people in their 30, 40 and 50. With statistics like urge to find answers to this disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »