Lewy body dementia
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) causes problems with mental abilities and a number of other difficulties.
The symptoms tend to come on gradually and get slowly worse over several years, although treatment can help.
As with other types of dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies typically causes problems with:
These problems may be constant but typically tend to come and go.
There are also other symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies that can help distinguish it from other types of dementia, such as:
Daily activities become increasingly difficult and there may be further health problems, such as an injury after a fall or a chest infection caused by accidentally inhalingfood.
See your GP if you think you have early symptoms of dementia, especially if you're over 65 years of age.
If you're worried aboutsomeone else, encourage them to make an appointment with their GP and perhaps suggest that you go with them.
Your GPcan do some simple checks to try to find out the cause of your symptoms andmay refer you to a specialist for further tests.
Tests used to diagnose dementia
Advice if you're worried someone else could have dementia
Find out about a type of dementia called dementia with Lewy bodies, including what the symptoms are, how it's treated and what the outlook is.
Find out about the main symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies and when to get medical advice.
Find out about the main treatments for dementia with Lewy bodies, including medication and other therapies.