Dementia with Lewy bodies affects around 10-15% of those diagnosed with dementia, and more commonly affects those over the age of 65. As with all dementia, symptoms increase as time goes on, and are similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This is the form of Dementia that Robin Williams was diagnosed with after his death.
What causes dementia with Lewy bodies?
People diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies have a build up of clumps and proteins in their nerve cells in their brain known as Lewy bodies. This damages the way the nerve cells work and communicate with each other, leaving the person unable to perform simple tasks.
Symptoms of Dementia with Lewy Bodies
- depression and paranoia
- parkinson’s symptoms
- confusion and dementia
- drowsiness and loss of interest in life
- inability to perform small practical tasks
- visual perception
- memory problems
- mood changes
- increased falls
- hallucinations and delusions
How do I get Dementia with Lewy Bodies?
- usually diagnosed in people over 65
- women are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia with lewy bodies
- dementia with lewy bodies may be genetic if it appears in a person who is under 65
- lifestyle such as alcohol, smoking, no exercise
- other health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke
Main Forms of Dementia