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University of Kansas Medical Center – SPARK meeting April
April 10, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT
The University of Kansas Medical Center is working with the Lewy Body Dementia Association to host a public viewing of the film SPARK: Robin Williams and his Battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Date: April 10, 2021
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm CT
Target Audience: This course is targeted to primary care physicians, specialty physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, adult care home administrators, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Other interested health care professionals are welcome to participate.
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a brain disease involving two related clinical disorders: dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease
dementia (PDD). DLB is the second most common form of degenerative dementia in the elderly next to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Dementia with
Lewy bodies is often hard to diagnose because its early symptoms may resemble those of Alzheimer’s or a psychiatric illness. As a result, it is often misdiagnosed or missed altogether. It’s important to know which type of LBD a person has, both to tailor treatment to particular symptoms and to understand how the disease will likely progress.
The recently released feature movie Robin’s Wish reveals the true story about Robin Williams and his battle with undiagnosed LBD. From that movie, Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) and the producers of Robin’s Wish created a 45-minute documentary adaptation, SPARK: Robin Williams and his Battle with Lewy Body Dementia. The film will be used as part of this course.
*Deadline to preregister: Wednesday, April 7, 2021