The Painful Truth About Lewy Body Dementia - A Personal Story

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Dawn shares actual footage of her husband's painful hallucinations, her thoughts and feelings about the difficulties she faced in convincing doctors that something was not right, in hopes of helping others who are going through this difficult disease. An up close and personal story of caring from a caregiver's perspective and how laughter helped them get through some of the the difficult days.

Lewy body dementia, also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease dementia. Protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in the brain regions involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control).

Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. 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.

Signs and symptoms worsen causing severe dementia, aggressive behavior, depression, and increased risk of falling and injury.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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