(Atlanta, GA) – August 19, 2013 – The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) announced today the launch of new resources for physicians and their patients. LBDA created two new LBD symptom checklists; an abbreviated checklist to assist in the reporting of LBD diagnostic symptoms and a more comprehensive checklist to help people already diagnosed with LBD or their caregivers to report new or concerning LBD symptoms as the disease progresses. The checklists are now available for unlimited free download by healthcare professionals and the general public.
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a relentlessly progressive brain disease that affects thinking, movement, behavior or mood and sleep. Although LBD is lesser known than Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, LBD is not a rare disorder, and affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans.
Diagnosing LBD can be challenging, even for specialists. Early LBD symptoms may resemble similar symptoms in brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. And LBD symptoms vary in time of onset, combination and severity, making no two cases exactly alike. Early diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment approach can maximize the quality of life for the person with LBD and their caregiver. Getting an early diagnosis of LBD is also very important, as people with LBD react differently to certain medications, sometimes severely so, than people with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
Click here to download the Diagnostic Symptoms Checklist
This checklist is specifically designed to aid in reporting those symptoms which are involved in diagnosing dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), the most undiagnosed form of Lewy body dementia.
Click here to download the Comprehensive LBD Symptoms Checklist
This expanded checklist includes both symptoms required for the diagnosis of LBD and many other symptoms common in LBD that may appear as the disease progresses.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting people with LBD, their families and caregivers, and promoting scientific advances. Through outreach, education and research, LBDA supports those affected by Lewy body dementias. To learn more about LBD and LBDA please visit www.lbda.org.