A Comparison of Lewy Body Dementia to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases

Published by Ohio Physical Therapy Association and APTA of Maryland


Summary

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second most common dementia. It is the most frequently misdiagnosed and highly under-diagnosed. The symptoms look like Parkinsons disease or Alzheimer's disease, but several unique symptoms make it a disease very responsible to all therapies.

It is important for physical therapists to recognize the differences and similarities between LBD, Parkinson's and Alzheimer;s in order to properly address limitations and management. This course will also outline several drugs that are unsafe to use with LBD. It is also essential that the caregiver can offer early diagnosis and quality of life suggestions.

Objectives

  1. Understand the similarities and differences between LBD and Parkinson's disease.
  2. Understand the similarities and differences between LBD and Alzheimer's disease.
  3. How drugs effect a person with LBD.
  4. Learn facts that impact a person's ability to stay at home.
  5. Provide guidance for dealing with rapid decline in status.

Presenters
Judy Jennings, PT, MA
Judy is a PT with a specialty in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia. She has written and published the peer reviewed book, Living with Lewy Body Dementia, One Caregiver’s Personal, In-Depth Experience. Judy also serves as a spokeswoman for the Lew Body Dementia Association. Her work with both the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Associations has provided her with additional insight and information when working with clients every day.

Originally Published

January 13, 2015


Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • A Comparison of Lewy Body Dementia to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases - Paper
  • Video

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