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Dementia with Lewy bodies

Dementia with Lewy bodies clinically overlaps both Alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease, but is generally more associated with Parkinson's. This is due to the effects that Dementia with Lewy bodies (or DLB for short) has on both cognitive (i.e. memory) and motor control (i.e. movement). Therefore in many cases, DLB can often be misdiagnosed at first, but it's distinction is that where Alzheimers can be quite gradual, usually DLB will have a rapid onset with especially rapid decline in the first few months. Despite this difficulty, it is important to have DLB identified early due to complications surrounded in the medication supplied to help with the treatment of Dementia. Sufferers of DLB are more susceptible to the drugs prescribed for the many different variants of Dementia and should be treated with caution.

Symptons of DLB often vary, but will generally include core matters such as:

  • Fluctuating cognition with varying attention and alertness, day to day and sometimes hour to hour
  • Recurrent visual hallucinations (observed in three quarters of all DLB sufferers)
  • Motor degradation as features in Parkinson's disease (shuffling gait, blank expression, stiffness of movement) although the tremors associated with Parkinson's are generally less common.

As with all forms of dementia, there is no currently known cure and therefore DLB will gradually render the sufferer incapable of tending to their own needs and the primary caregiver will need to adapt their way of life (and potentially home) to help cope with the onset of demands that DLB will eventually present.

At Scimitar Care Hotels PLC we are more than aware of the symptons and treatments that those suffering from DLB will require. We understand the need for a relaxed, calm and stable environment for those suffering from DLB as it is often changes in the environment that can cause the most effect on the behavior of the patient. We therefore believe that Scimitar Care Hotels PLC is one of the best choices you can make if you're looking for support with caring for a relative suffering from this disease.

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