What does Lewy body dementia feel like?
People with Lewy body dementia may experience visual hallucinations and changes in alertness and attention. Other effects include Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms such as rigid muscles, slow movement and tremors. Anxiety, depression, poor regulation of bodily functions, cognitive degeneration and fluctuating attention.
10 symptoms of Lewy body dementia
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Memory Loss
- Ambulatory Changes ie limb tremors and uncontrollable shaking
- Sleep Disruptions
- Hallucinations – visual
- Rapid Changes in Symptoms
- Loss of Balance – can become a falls risk
- High Sensitivity to Medication – People with Lewy body dementia become acutely sensitive to antipsychotic medications. These drugs can aggravate tremors and other symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. Pharmaceuticals can also cause further deterioration of mental acuity and may bring on additional, more severe, hallucinations. Because LBD is so challenging to diagnose in the first place, finding the right medical treatment for it is difficult.
- Depression and Aggression
What causes Lewy body dementia?
There is no known cause of Lewy body dementia and no known risk factors have been identified. There is also, no evidence that Lewy body dementia is an inherited disease.
It is a good idea to see your GP. If you’re worried about early symptoms of dementia. If it is a friend or loved one, encourage them to make an appointment, and perhaps suggest that you go along with them.
Your GP can do some simple checks to see if there is a chance you could have dementia and they can refer you to a memory clinic or another specialist clinic, if necessary. You will be asked about your symptoms and have a physical check-up and memory test. You may also have blood tests and brain scans.
The Daughterly Care Approach
People with Lewy body dementia have the same emotional needs as any other person, except their feelings are heightened and become increasingly important. For that reason, emotional awareness is the key to increasing their sense of wellbeing. Helping people with Lewy body dementia to live well at home with a highly personalised managed service is our aim at Daughterly Care.
We use best practice techniques such as Validation Therapy, which recognise the unique value of a person’s subjective experience and Reminiscence, which understands that revisiting the past through life history can improve wellbeing.