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Successful Visits with Persons with Lewy Body Dementia

Here is part 3 to our blog series by Liz von Wellsheim on how to have a successful visit with your loved on who is living with Lewy Body Dementia. You can view our other blog posts on successful visits with persons with Alzheimer’s and persons with Vascular Dementia.

Lewy Body Dementia starts with more physical symptoms than other types of dementia. The symptoms most closely resemble those seen with persons who have Parkinson’s disease; difficulty with coordination and balance. In addition to these Parkinson’s like symptoms there are memory loss issues.

As the disease progresses the Parkinson’s like features will become more prominent and the risk of falling becomes a concern earlier in their type of dementia than Alzheimer’s. There are also higher incidences of visual hallucinations and delusions with Lewy Body Dementia than Alzheimer’s style dementia.

To reduce hallucinations with Lewy Body Dementia, it is helpful to interact in well-lit places and reassure the person with Lewy Body Dementia that you believe their delusion and will take care of their concerns. For example if the person  believes people are trying to steal from them, help them find ways to protect their possessions by using locks and let them know you are investigating and dealing with whatever issue is concerning them.

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