by Norman Mc Namara
Have you ever sat down and ASKED someone with Dementia what it FEELS LIKE ?
Have you actually ASKED them about THEIR thoughts on it, what its like to live with this awful illness and the HORRORS that come, or may come their way? AND, more importantly their HOPES and DREAMS for the future? Because they do have them!!
by Oliver Wolf
Lewy body dementia is a very prevalent disease that affects a multitude of people every day. It is considered the third most common type of progressive dementia, ranking only behind Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. It is estimated that LBD affects over 1.4 million individuals in the United States alone. “Because LBD symptoms can closely resemble other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it is currently widely under-diagnosed” ("What Is LBD?" Lewy Body Dementia Association, n.d. Web. 01 Aug. 2016.). Both Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies fall under the umbrella term LBD. Although the early symptoms of the diseases are different, they both ultimately result in the same decline in cognitive ability.
by Susanne Mitschke
Although Alzheimer's or any form of dementia can only be diagnosed by a doctor and after a complete medical assessment, some early warning signs shouldn't be overlooked. Early detection does matter, and if you notice any or more of these signs in yourself or your loved one, please see a doctor.
Lewy Body Dementia is a little know disease that second only to Alzheimer's for frequency in the dementia world. But, as more is being learned, the connection between Lewy Bodies and all other dementia's and Parkinson's is being drawn.
That being said, it took the death of Robin Williams to bring the mention of Lewy Body Dementia to the forefront. Not even the death of the perennial Top 40 Disc Jockey, Cassey Kasum brought Lewy Body Dementia any notoriety.
All of us with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, and anger, caused b the unknown of our disease. Some of us, like Robin Williams, cannot deal with those issues and choose to commit suicide. Other, for reasons I will not speculate on, can stand our ground and make the best of a bad situation. Many times, various doctors that I visit ask me if I am suicidal or homicidal. I always answer no to the first and no, I like women, to the second!
You have to see the humor in that!
This one is not about the words. It's all about the numbers.