Helpline: Dementia - Lewy Body Community, Caregiver Support Group
Dementia With Lewy Bodies (DLB)
Dementia with Lewy bodies is a common form of dementia that happens due to abnormal protein deposits in the brain. The deposits are referred to as Lewy bodies. The Lewy bodies affect the brain in such a way that it triggers problems, such as abnormal body movements, behavioral changes, mood swings, visual hallucinations, and poor judgment. As the symptoms become severe, the patient eventually experiences an overall drop in quality of life.
The symptoms are similar to those of Parkinsonâ€™s disease. Some people even mistake the signs for those of Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Be sure to consult with a reliable neurologist to diagnose the condition. You can also discuss the symptoms with other experienced caregivers on ExtendaTouch, which is an online helpline for family caregivers. They can recommend reliable neurologists and provide valuable information and advice.
Caregivers for individuals with Lewy body dementia take many different responsibilities. These responsibilities increase over time as the disease progresses, and the symptoms become severe. While you may do your best as a family caregiver to improve the quality of life of your loved one, things can get more challenging.
Lewy Body Dementia Support Groups
Caregiving for someone with DLB or Parkinson can become a 24/7 job, which can affect your work and family life. Many caregivers experience emotional, physical, and mental problems due to the challenging nature of the situation. Keep in mind that you do not have to go through these experiences all alone. There are many sources and dementia support groups that extend help to family caregivers.
Discuss your difficulties with your family members, consider respite care, and seek help from senior care centers. Or head over to online support groups like ExtendaTouch, which is full of fellow family caregivers with more experience and knowledge. You can ask them for help, information, advice, and emotional support. ExtendaTouch community members are friendly and available to help.