Whether you have been caring for your elderly loved one for some time or if you have just gotten started on your caregiver journey with them, something that you are likely to have considered is the possibility of dementia. If you are like many people, when you think of dementia you immediately think of Alzheimer’s disease. While this is the most common form of dementia among elderly adults, it is important that you realize that it is not the only type. There are several other types of dementia and knowing the type that your parent is experiencing is essential to ensuring that they get the type of care that is right for them and their needs. One such type is referred to as Lewy Body Dementia or dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Some things that you should know about Lewy Body Dementia include:
• There are approximately 1.3 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with LBD
• It is believed that this number is actually smaller than the true incidence of this disease, and that LBD may be one of the most frequently underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed forms of dementia
• Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop Lewy Body Dementia
• This type of dementia tends to occur at a younger age than other forms of LBD
• This condition is closely linked to Parkinson’s disease
• Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common diagnosed form of dementia, following only Alzheimer’s disease
• Lewy bodies are abnormal deposits of a particular type of protein called alpha-synuclein throughout the brain
• There are three common presentations of LBD that carry different symptoms that cover sleep patterns, cognitive functioning, physical functioning, and behavioral issues
• There are treatments and management approaches available to help those with this condition manage the symptoms and continue to experience a higher quality of life and functioning as they progress through the degenerative condition
If your senior loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia or their challenges and limitations have become too much for you to handle effectively and efficiently, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that is right not just for their needs, but also for you as their family caregiver. This means that you can give them the amount of care that you are able to and that you feel comfortable providing, while also knowing that they will receive the highly personalized services that they need to remain safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy while managing their individual needs in the way that is right for them. A care provider can also help your parent to maintain as much independence and activity as possible as they age in place, enabling them to enjoy a life that is as engaged and fulfilling as they can throughout the progression of their condition.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider home care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.