Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Did You Know!?

  • Lewy Body Dementia affects 1.3 million people in the US

  • Lewy Body Dementia is currently under diagnosed

  • Estelle Getty who played Sofia on The Golden Girls had Lewy

  • LBD (and other forms of dementia) are more than just forgetting - they can affect multiple body systems

  • Lewy bodies which are plaques in the brain were first discovered by Frederich Lewy in the early 1900s

  • There are currently LBD support groups in 31 states

  • You can volunteer to help the Lewy Body Dementia Association even if you don't live in Atlanta - manyof the opportunities available can be done from your home or in your local community

  • Lewy Body Dementia has symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's

  • LBD patients can have problems with neuroleptic drugs which are often used to treat hallucinations which is one of the hallmark symptoms of Lewy
These facts can be found on the Lewy Body Dementia Association web site. The web site is chock full of information and support. You can also find out about volunteer opportunities on the site.

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