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Dementia With Lewy Bodies (cont.)

Dementia with Lewy Bodies Treatment

There is no cure or treatment that stops or slows dementia with Lewy bodies. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and delaying loss of mental abilities for as long as possible.

An individual with dementia with Lewy bodies should always be under medical care. Much of the day-to-day care, however, is handled by family caregivers. Medical care should focus on optimizing the individual’s health, safety, and quality of life while helping family members cope with the many challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia with Lewy bodies.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies Self-Care at Home

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People with dementia with Lewy bodies usually can remain at home with their families. They require close supervision because they can fall or faint. They should be checked often by their medical team to monitor the effects of treatment and make changes if needed.

Individuals with dementia with Lewy bodies should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.

  • Daily physical exercise helps maximize body and mind functions and maintains a healthy weight.
  • The individual should engage in as much mental activity as he or she can handle. Puzzles, games, reading, and safe hobbies and crafts are good choices. These activities should ideally be interactive
  • Social interaction is stimulating and enjoyable for most people with dementia with Lewy bodies. Most senior centers or community centers have scheduled activities that are suitable for those with dementia.

A balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables will help maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and constipation. An individual with dementia with Lewy bodies should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/10/2016
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Frederick Lewy first described Lewy bodies (LBs), cytoplasmic inclusions found in cells of the substantia nigra in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, in 1914.

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