Dementia With Lewy Bodies (cont.)
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Dementia with Lewy Bodies Symptoms
Symptoms vary from person to person with dementia with Lewy bodies. The one characteristic common to everyone with dementia with Lewy bodies is progressive loss of mental abilities that interferes with everyday activities. This may include the following:
Mental function usually varies in dementia with Lewy bodies, getting better and worse over time. Although the sharpness of our mental function varies in everyone - we all have our good moments and bad moments, or are "morning" persons or "evening" persons - this fluctuation is especially dramatic in dementia with Lewy bodies. This is especially true of alertness and attention. A person with dementia with Lewy bodies typically has periods of being alert, coherent, and oriented that alternate with periods of being confused and less responsive. This usually is considered more characteristic of dementia with Lewy bodies than of other types of dementia. Other symptoms include the following:
None of these symptoms are unique to dementia with Lewy bodies or definitively point to dementia with Lewy bodies as a diagnosis. In fact, people with dementia with Lewy bodies often are very difficult to distinguish from those with Alzheimer's disease. People with dementia with Lewy bodies, however, often develop both Alzheimer's symptoms and Parkinson's symptoms within 1 year of each other.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014
Howard A Crystal, MD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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