August 2015 Newsletter


First LBDA Gala Honoring David D. Shepard

More than 200 guests gathered at New York’s Garden City Hotel to raise money for Lewy Body Dementia and honor the spectacular life of Mr. David B. Shepard.

David Shepard is the founder of David Shepard and Associates, a direct marketing and database consulting firm.  His stellar career catapulted him to become a leader in the direct marketing field until he retired in 2010 due to Lewy body dementia.  David’s daughters Stephanie Antell and Jennifer Brookman (pictured) served as Chair and Co-chair for the gala.  

The evening featured a celebrity appearance by comedienne Sherri Shepherd, chic décor, a fabulous dinner buffet, dancing and captivating speeches by many who are affected by LBD.  The silent auction and raffle room featured dynamic items donated by New York area businesses in order to raise money to fight LBD and support caregivers.  To see more pictures from this event,click here.

The Unexpected Gifts of Lewy

When Heidi’s father was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, she had no idea that it would release a sense of freedom in his mind. Learn how she and her father are learning to deal with some of the unexpected gifts that Lewy body dementia is handing them here.

Preparedness Planning

Disaster can strike at any moment. How well you recover can sometimes depend on how well your plan. Sudden changes for seniors and those living with LBD can be difficult, but with proper planning, the transition can be smooth. Simple measures such as having the extra medications, additional assistive devices, or finding a safe place to temporarily relocate can make things a little easier. Find helpful tips and planning tools in case of an emergency by visiting the federal government website-

Co-existing Alzheimer's disease pathology does not hinder LBD diagnosis

In recent years research has shown that few people with dementia have one single underlying cause of their symptoms. Most people actually have more than one disease process (or pathology) underway. New research indicates even with the presence of some Alzheimer’s disease pathology, physicians are still able to accurately diagnose LBD.Learn more.