Lewy body dementia is a progressive brain disease and the second leading cause of degenerative dementia in the elderly. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which is the clinical name, accounts for up to 20 percent of all dementia cases, or 800,000 patients in the United States.
Lewy body dementia shares characteristics with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Like Alzheimer's, it causes confusion. Also present may be the distinctive physical signs typical of Parkinson's -- rigid muscles, slowed movement and tremors.
MayoClinic.com informs caregivers how to develop a plan to cope with Lewy body dementia. Caring for a person with this condition can be all-absorbing. MayoClinic.com offers tips for an LBD care plan.