Lewy Body Dementia ~ link ~While not as well known as other dementias, Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, accounting for up to 20 percent of dementia cases worldwide. The disease is caused by the accumulation in the brain of abnormal microscopic protein deposits—named Lewy bodies after the neurologist Frederick Lewy who first observed their effect. These deposits disrupt the brain's normal functioning, causing it to slowly deteriorate.
LBD can take two forms: dementia with Lewy bodies or Parkinson’s disease dementia. The difference between them lies mainly in how the disease starts. In dementia with Lewy bodies, the person may have a memory disorder that looks like Alzheimer's but later develop movement and other distinctive problems, such as hallucinations. In Parkinson’s disease dementia, the person may initially have a movement disorder that looks like Parkinson's but later also develop dementia symptoms. Over time, though, both diagnoses will appear the same. Most people with LBD develop a similar spectrum of problems that include variations in attention and alertness, recurrent visual hallucinations, shuffling gait, tremors, and blank expression, along with various sleep disorders.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies ~ link ~Most experts estimate that dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, accounting for 10 to 25 percent of cases.
The hallmark brain abnormalities linked to DLB are named after Frederick H. Lewy, M.D., the neurologist who discovered them while working in Dr. Alois Alzheimer's laboratory during the early 1900s. Alpha-synuclein protein, the chief component of Lewy bodies, is found widely in the brain, but its normal function isn't yet known.
Lewy Body Dementia ~ link ~
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.
Lewy Body Dementia: The disease that killed Robin Williams ~ link ~ Just a side note here: The actor and comedian Robin Williams and I may be distantly related. My Great-Grandmother Alexander was a Williams and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana; Robin Williams parents and grandparents are buried at the same cemetery. His family, the Williams, are from my home town (Evansville). Stirling
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