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Lewy Body Dementia

The Little-Known Aging Illness That Needs More Awareness

Candy Schulman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Candy Schulman

When the legendary radio personality Casey Kasem died, his obituary said he'd suffered from Lewy Body disease. 'Lewy-what?' most people wondered. But I knew first-hand, watching my mother decline from this little-known, but most common, type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's.

Casey Kasem and Mama Jean: The Faces of Lewy Body Dementia

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

Almost everybody has heard of Alzheimer's, but few are aware of LBD, an equally devastating dementia that is progressive and fatal. Perhaps Kasem's diagnosis may finally bring LBD the attention it deserves.

I'm Climbing Everest for a Cause

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

Yes, I know hundreds of people attempt to summit the highest point in the world every year, but I'd like to think my journey is special. I'm climbing in honor of my father for over a decade.

I Used to Be Married

Pamme Boutselis | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamme Boutselis

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease just after he turned 40. A talented long-distance runner and veteran of many first-place race finishes and successful marathons, he was an extremely athletic and healthy man. When his foot started to drag and a tremor found its way into his left arm and hand, I somehow knew he had this disease but had no idea just what the implications might be.

How to Keep Humor in the Picture When Dealing With Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

You might think there is nothing humorous about caring for a loved one with dementia. In order to maintain my sanity, I found humor in everyday events. With humor we can focus on what is too terrible to be borne. And when we are laughing we are not in fear.

When Dealing With a Very Sick Spouse, Bravery Is Essential

Judy Towne Jennings | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Towne Jennings

I encourage all spouses to seek answers. When we know what we are dealing with, we have the opportunity to create an adventure, rather than succumb to a disaster. Be brave. The life of your loved one depends on it.

8 Ways to Spot Your Denial About Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

At first, denial can be a healthy defense against admitting that your loved one has dementia. Denial helps you block the more painful aspects of reality. However, if denial continues too long, then it can be life-threatening to you and your loved one.

Will New DSM-5 Diagnosis End 'Dementia' Stigma?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"Dementia" is a loaded word, one that carries with it the baggage of hundreds of years of gross associations and misunderstanding of the reality of the person living with the illness.