Are There Other Types of Dementia???

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Yes! Lewy Body Dementia!

Men are more likely to get DLB than women, and people with a family history of Parkinson’s disease or DLB have a higher risk too. While there’s no guaranteed way to completely prevent dementia with Lewy bodies, evidence suggests that looking after our brain health may reduce our risk of dementia Lewy Body Dementia.

Lewy body is caused by SNCA or SNCB gene mutations, it is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder. In these cases, an affected person usually has one parent with the condition.

Why is Lewy body dementia the worst?
Poor regulation of body functions!

Lewy body dementia can affect how well the autonomic nervous system controls blood pressure, heart rate, sweating and digestion. This can result in sudden drops in blood pressure upon standing, dizziness, falls, loss of bladder control and bowel issues such as constipation.

Does Lewy body dementia progress faster than Alzheimer’s?

Unlike Alzheimer’s disease, which tends to progress gradually, this disease often starts rapidly, with a fast decline in the first few months. Later, there may be some leveling off but Lewy body dementia typically progresses faster than Alzheimer’s. A patient can survive from five to seven years with the disease.

As Lewy body dementia progresses, all symptoms usually become more severe. Hallucinations occur early in Lewy body dementia but only after about four years in Alzheimer’s disease. If a person acts out dreams, that is strong evidence that he or she has synuclein protein in the brain.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia it is imperative that you have a plan for your care. At Personal Senior Care Homes, we have a plan, and we are expertly qualified to care for individuals that have been diagnosed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly, Steve Brock 513-870-9228

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