October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month. Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) impairs thinking, such as memory, planning, and processing information, or the ability to understand visual information. People living with LBD may also have fluctuations in attention and alertness, trouble with movement including tremors, stiffness, slowness, and difficult walking, or experience hallucinations or changes in sleep behavior such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. To learn more about LBD click here. Treatments for LBD are very different from that of the other dementias, so receiving an accurate diagnosis is important. For more information about this visit the LBDA website for resources here.  The Lewy Body Dementia Association offers a variety of different resources for LBD. This includes resources for those living with LBD, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and more. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below.   An expert’s view on COVID-19 and Lewy Body Dementia: Click here 10 Things You Should Know About LBD: Click here Research News in LBD: Click here The LBDA Lewy Line: Click here

Our Center is also thrilled to have an entire Initiative focused on supporting care partners and people with an early LBD diagnosis, educating healthcare workers, and building public awareness of Lewy body dementia in Michigan. The Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative was founded in 2016 by Tamara Real after battling the challenges of LBD when caring for her husband Carl. For more information on the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative and for local support groups that support those living with LBD and their caregivers, please click here.