It’s the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s, and yet it’s often misidentified and therefore underdiagnosed – to the detriment of many patients.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, what’s called Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) has three distinguishing features that eventually become apparent: Fluctuating alertness and attention resembling delirium, visual hallucinations and Parkinson’s-like symptoms, like tremors, rigidity, and even balance problems.

It’s this mixture of symptoms – not to mention LBD’s similarity to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – that makes it difficult to diagnosis. What’s more, LBD patients can easily have a bad day whenever they are poorly responsive, not knowing what time it is or where they are. But then the next day, they are their normal self once more, able to discuss their favorite TV show and distant memories equally.
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