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Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

October 19, 2018

Although most people have heard of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, Lewy Body Dementia is a type of dementia that few people have heard of, yet 1.4 million people have been diagnosed in the United States.   As academic librarians, we can help to make more people aware of this disorder, so that more people with LBD can be accurately diagnosed.   Even within the medical profession, many people have little knowledge of this disease so educating our students enrolled in the health sciences is  extremely important.

A correct diagnosis is required so that proper treatment can begin.   Many medications, which improve other forms of dementia, can make Lewy Body Dementia worse.  Sadly, many people can see multiple doctors over several years before they are correctly diagnosed with LBD.  In addition, there are physical symptoms not present in other types of dementia and so physical, occupational, and speech therapy may be necessary.  There is no cure, but proper treatment can significantly improve the quality of a patient’s life.

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness month.  For more information, contact the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

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