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ATLANTA (OCTOBER 1, 2014)— In an effort to drive awareness of a common but little known dementia, Lewy body dementia (LBD) families are hosting events nationwide to help raise support for those affected by the disease.  Greater public awareness is desperately needed, as LBD is the most misdiagnosed form of dementia.  LBD already affects approximately 1.4 million Americans, a number expected to grow with our aging population, and is the second most common cause of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.  With symptoms resembling both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, getting an LBD diagnosis takes an average of 18 months and visits to three different doctors.

ATLANTA (SEPTEMBER 22, 2014)—Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you suffered from dementia other than Alzheimer’s disease? Wonder no more. The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), today, unveils what might be a typical day in the life for caregivers and their loved ones who suffer with Lewy body dementia (LBD), a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease. LBD families have unique challenges that differ from Alzheimer’s, and awareness is needed by healthcare professionals and the general public to better support them.

The second most common cause of progressive dementia, yet the most misdiagnosed ATLANTA (AUGUST 19, 2014)—Today, the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) steps up its awareness and fundraising effort “Lewy Who?” to put the brakes on Lewy body dementia (LBD). With symptoms that resemble both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, LBD is the most misdiagnosed form of dementia. Yet, following Alzheimer’s disease, it is the second most common cause of progressive dementia, affecting 1.3 million Americans. Families can fight this debilitating disease while educating others about LBD. LBDA offers five (5) ways to fight: (1) donate, (2) employer matching gifts, (3) plan a community event, (4) volunteer, or (5) partner with LBDA.

The second most common cause of progressive dementia, yet the most misdiagnosed

ATLANTA (AUGUST 7, 2014)— Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the most misdiagnosed form of dementia, taking on average more than 18 months and three doctors to receive a correct diagnosis. Even though it is second only to Alzheimer’s disease as the most common cause of progressive dementia, affecting 1.3 million Americans, the symptoms of LBD are not well recognized by many physicians, especially primary care physicians and other general practitioners. Unfortunately, then, most people are not diagnosed until they are at moderate or severe states, leaving their caregivers unprepared and the patient vulnerable to potentially deadly medication side effects.

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