It's that time of year again. October for the last few years has been designated as the Lewy Body Dementia Awareness month to remember.
Do you know Lewy? Few people do. Sadly, my family does.
Lewy Body Dementia affects 1.3 million people in the world today. It has always lived in the shadow of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but it is a separate condition and just as devastating.
My mother had Lewy for at least the last ten years of her life, although we didn't have an official name for it until 2006.
Lewy is a progressive form of dementia with hallucinations, fluctuating cognition, and Parkinson's type symptoms.
This month is a time for remembering those who have been taken too soon by this horrible condition. It's also a time to educate the world about it.
For more information, please visit the Lewy Body Dementia Association at www.lbda.org
You can also read more about my families' experiences with LBD by reading these posts: