Diagnosing a mystery; Lewy body disease is often mistaken for other types of dementia

In 2003, Milton Carmen, a Yale-educated physicist and successful real estate developer, noticed a disturbing trend. At age 79, he was struggling to find the words he wanted to use. A neurologist prescribed him a medication used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The next year, while on a trip away from home, his left hand started shaking. His doctors then diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease and put him on another medication. It was four neurologists later that Carmen and his wife, Marjorie, who have since moved to Bend, first heard the term Lewy body disease.

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