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Robin Williams and Lewy Body Dementia

The recent news that the brain of actor/comedian Robin Williams showed signs of diffuse Lewy body disease has created more interest and coverage on this frequently misdiagnosed condition than ever before.

LBDA provides these quick links to help you understand a dementia that affects 1.4 million Americans and their families.

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Robin Williams and Lewy body dementia

LBDA Clarifies Autopsy Report on Comedian Robin Williams

LBDA medical expert explains what can — and cannot — be determined by Robin Williams's autopsy report.

Get the facts about Lewy body dementia

Get the Facts about Lewy

Downloadable brochure with important information about Lewy body dementia and chart comparing symptoms of LBD, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Lewy body dementia diagnostic checklist

LBD Diagnostic Checklist

This document includes a checklist for patients to identify symptoms and a second page for physicians with the criteria for diagnosing dementia with Lewy bodies. While LBD also has many other symptoms, this abbreviated symptom checklist only focuses on those that help to diagnose LBD.

Support for Lewy body dementia

Support for LBD Families

Find local and virtual support groups, get tips and resources for caretakers and share stories about life with LBD.

A day in the life of Lewy body dementia

A Day in the Life of Lewy Body Dementia

Discover what one day is like for someone who is has LBD.

Learn how one man lives with LBD

Early Diagnosis is Important

How one man lives “well” with Lewy body dementia.

10 Things You Should Knowk About LBD

10 Things You Should Know about Lewy Body Dementia

Though Lewy body dementias (LBD) affect an estimated 1.4 million people and their families, few individuals and medical professionals are aware of the symptoms, diagnostic criteria, or even that LBD exists. There are important facts about Lewy body dementias that you should know if you, a loved one, or your patient may have LBD.

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LBD in the News

CBS News: What is Lewy Body Dementia
Fox News: Robin Williams Diagnosis:  What is Lewy Body Dementia?
ABC News: Robin Williams' Death Report Finds Lewy Body Dementia
The Today Show: Dementia and Robin Williams
USA Today:  What could have led Robin Williams to suicide?