Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Affects 1.3 Million

Most people are aware that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are two prevalent diseases among the elderly. New reports suggest another disease is lurking under the radar. Approximately 1.3 million people are affected by Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a form of progressive dementia.

The best online resource for those who are interested in learning more about the disease is the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc.

Since nursing home and medical expenses are astronomical without proper planning, it is important to do two things in my opinion (if you are over 65, or have an aging loved one). First, consult an estate planning attorney, preferably one who is experienced in Elder Law. Second, educate yourself regarding dementia symptoms. Patients with dementia require different approaches to be cared for; thus, diagnosing the disease, whatever that disease may be, is paramount.

The following are possible manifestations of LBD and/or other forms of dementia. Please keep in mind that symptoms may get progressively worse, and vary in degree from person to person.

What are Some of the Symptoms of LBD?

  • Look for dementia in the form of attention and memory impairment that gets progressively worse over time
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Fluctuations in attention, alertness, and mood
  • Fainting spells
  • Repeated falls

This list of symptoms is not comprehensive nor should be considered a tool for diagnosis. If you believe you may have ANY disease, speaking to a health professional is the best step to take.

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About Evan H Farr, CELA, CAP

Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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