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Lewy body dementia

Provided by Parkinson's UK
Dementia with Lewy bodies

Dementia with Lewy bodies is diagnosed when someone has the symptoms of dementia either before or at the same time as developing Parkinson’s-like problems with movement (called motor symptoms). But in some cases of dementia with Lewy bodies, no motor symptoms may develop at all.1
The name comes from the Lewy bodies – tiny protein deposits – that can be found in certain parts of the brain of people with the condition.
This information sheet looks at the symptoms and causes of dementia with Lewy bodies. It provides some practical advice on how life can be made easier for the person affected and their family, friends and carers.

What is dementia?

Dementia symptoms are caused by a significant loss of brain function. There are different forms of the condition and each person will experience dementia in a different way.2

Some people develop dementia after living with Parkinson’s for some time. When someone has Parkinson’s motor symptoms …

Five lifestyle changes 'could reduce dementia risk'

Taken From the News today Five lifestyle changes 'could reduce dementia risk' A jog, a Mediterranean diet, and learning a new hobby are among the top five tips to stave off dementia - but one in five Britons think there is nothing they can do

Experts said eating a 'Mediterranean diet' was one way to reduce the risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy
One in five people do not think it is possible to reduce their risk of dementia, despite growing evidence that the condition is linked to lifestyles, a survey has found.
Research suggests one in three cases of the condition could be prevented by increased activity levels, a reduction in smoking and tackling health problems such as obesity and diabetes.
Last month a landmark study by Cambridge University suggested that just one hour’s exercise a week can reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease by almost half.
But a YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people by the Alzheimer’s Society published has found 22 per ce…

Driving and Neurological illnesses like dementia

Never a day goes by when something is not said about people with some form of neurological illness, such as dementia and driving.

It's a well known fact that once you are diagnosed with dementia etc, you have to notify the Driving authority, yet surely this should be down to the doctors or the specialist as they are responsible for your care.

Failure to notify the authorities and insurance company that you have these illnesses, could cancel out your insurance and you could end up in court. 
To me it's wrong because if a doctor or specialist does not tell me to notify someone, to stop driving after a diagnosis and that leads to an accident, we can in law I believe sue them, for not informing them of the consequences. These people are hiding behind patient confidentiality red tape, and now its gone too far.

Its not just driving safely in your view, but can your eyes keep focused on what is happening in front of you at all times.

I say this because as many have found out, its th…

Very bad night

Last night was horrible and i ended up having to get up and sit up for a while. I don't know of t was because I got tired yesterday, and had a terrible day with my hip, or if it was just pure coincidence. I hate nights like this because I hate trying to sleep again, as these things sometimes start all over again.

I am on medication to help me sleep but it failed last night, but I cannot complain as I have had a few comfortable nights since starting the medication

Police SMASH into dementia sufferer's car after he drives WRONG WAY down M6 Toll

From the news press
Police SMASH into dementia sufferer's car after he drives WRONG WAY down M6 Toll TRAFFIC police were forced to smash into a dementia sufferer's car after he was caught travelling at 50mph down the WRONG way of a motorway.           

A driver with dementia was caught travelling the wrong way down the M6 [GETTY]Officers were called to the M6 toll in the West Midlands at around 9:50pm yesterday after reports flooded in to say a Honda Jazz was heading south on the northbound carriageway, between junction T5 and T4

They were forced to take drastic action by crashing into the side of the car to get it to stop.
Afterwards officers discovered that the driver was a 77-year-old man with dementia who had been reported missing by his family.

Inspector Mark Watkins, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said that officers only smash into cars if there is a significant threat to other road users.

"It's a recognised pursuit tactic in order to bring incidents t…

CAMPAIGN: Let’s make Harrogate a dementia-friendly community

Its wonderful news to see another very well known town wanting to become Dementia Friendly. Let us hope that others follow CAMPAIGN: Let’s make Harrogate a dementia-friendly community Service users at Dementia Forward who would benefit from Harrogate's bid to become dementia friendly.

There are around 3,000 people with a diagnosis of dementia living in the Harrogate district. With two thirds of those people trying to lead a normal life in the community, the Harrogate Advertiser Series campaign to make Harrogate one of the most dementia-friendly communities will have a lasting impact on many people. JAMES METCALF reports.

Dementia is a condition caused by diseases of the brain and is a physical illness, not just a part of growing old, and one in three people over 65 will get it.

This fact, often misunderstood, is a central part of the education being offered to businesses, companies, and community groups by charity Dementia Forward when they launch their bid to transform Harrogate…

Charity beer festival helps dementia sufferers

Charity beer festival helps dementia sufferers Event boosts funds(9469627) A BEER festival held in Chester-le-Street raised almost £850 for a charity that helps people with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society County Durham’s fundraising volunteers staged a daytime beer tasting followed by an evening festival at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club’s clubhouse in Mains Park Road earlier this month.

The event, which followed a successful wine tasting held by the charity last year, featured beers made by smaller brewers in and around the North-East.

Charity volunteer Anthea Cordner said: “We decided we wanted to do a fundraising evening with a difference, and after the huge success of our wine tasting last summer, we thought this would be a great way to raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“It’s great that, as a group, we are building on the success of our past events to raise funds to help support people to live well w…