7 Stages Of Lewy Body Dementia
Written by Brian B

7 Stages Of Lewy Body Dementia

If you are searching for the “7 stages of lewy body dementia“, this article will detail the significant life changes.

What Are The 7 Stages Of Lewy Body Dementia?

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is one of the most common forms of dementia today. Typically, early signs of LBD may be confused for Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia, according to nia.nih.gov. LBD can develop in combination with several different brain disorders. Generally, LBD takes a long time for symptoms to develop and become noticeable.

A typical lifespan from diagnosis to death is 5-8 years, but some recent studies suggest a lifespan of 2-20 years is also a possibility. The seven definitive stages of LBD are detailed below.

Stage 1: Normal Behavior

In stage one of LBD, individuals will show little to no signs of any present disease. There will be no noticeable symptoms of dementia and there will be no impact on the individual’s daily life.

Stage 2: Mild Change

Stage two is very similar to stage one because change in the individual’s behavior may not be noticed at all. Typically, memory issues are simply passed off as a normal part of aging.

Stage 2 Symptoms:

  • Some difficulty finding the right words.
  • Normal functioning.
  • Ability to overcome memory issues.

Stage 3: Noticeable Change

Stage three is typically the stage when others start to notice change in someone suffering from LBD. Changes may not be noticed in the individual’s thinking and reasoning. Prevalent memory issues generally start here, as well.

Stage 3 Symptoms:

  • Forgetfulness.
  • Difficulty paying attention. 
  • Trouble finding words and/or names.
  • Money management issues.
  • Problems at the workplace.

Stage 4: Mild Dementia

During stage four your loved one should still be able to remember loved ones and past events, despite the mild dementia symptoms.

Stage 4 Symptoms:

  • Making mistakes while driving.
  • Problem solving issues.
  • Problems with routine tasks.
  • More money management problems.
  • Forgetting familiar names/items.
  • Forgetting where things have been placed.

Stage 5: Moderate To Severe Mental Decline

At this stage, the individual with LBD should have increased trouble remembering to do daily tasks and past events.

Stage 5 Symptoms:

  • Mood swings.
  • Personality changes.
  • Gaps in memory.
  • Assistance needed when eating and using the bathroom.
  • Bladder problems.

Stage 6: Severe Mental Decline

Memories will start to quickly fade during this stage. 24-hour at-home care should be considered for the individual at this time.

Stage 6 Symptoms:

  • Changing eating habits.
  • Getting lost and confused.
  • Delusions.
  • Lack of awareness.
  • Bladder problems increasing.
  • Strong personality changes and mood swings.
  • Trouble speaking.

Stage 7: Severe Dementia (Final Stage)

Individuals with LBD will no longer recognize friends and family. 24-hour care is essential during the final stage.

Stage 7 Symptoms:

  • No ability to eat, swallow or speak.
  • Loss of muscle control.
  • Constantly disoriented.
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control.
  • Cannot use bathroom without assistance.

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How To Talk To A Parent With Dementia
Written by Brian B

How To Talk To A Parent With Dementia

Understanding how to communicate with a loved one suffering from dementia is very important. This article will provide 8 tips for how to communicate efficiently and effectively.

Tips For Talking To A Parent With Dementia

It is unfortunate but dementia certainly transforms individuals. Many people will use the expression “empty shell” when referring to someone suffering from dementia. This is not always the case, though. Some days your loved one may seem completely normal, and this would be the perfect time for a conversation regarding their well-being and future.

Here are 8 tips to help you communicate with your loved one:

1. Realize What You Are Facing

As we all know, unfortunately, dementia does worsen as time goes on. Anyone attempting to craft a conversation or ongoing dialogue with someone suffering from dementia needs to know how challenging this task will be. Those suffering from dementia will struggle to communicate and understand.

2. No Distractions

Setting is very important when attempting to talk seriously. Pick a place and time to sit down and speak. Having no distractions in the area will help your loved one to focus all their mental energy on the conversation.

3. Always Speak Naturally

Make sure to stay calm during the conversation and always speak naturally. This is more likely to put your parent at ease.

4. Use Their Name Frequently

Try to avoid using “he” or “she” during the talks. Use their given name frequently during the dialogue. This is also important to do when greeting someone with dementia.

5. Don’t Tackle Too Many Topics

You want to keep them focused and on-topic for as long as possible. People with dementia may not be able to take part in the mental back and forth involved in a complicated conversation. Stay on task and always be very clear and direct with your topic.

6. Use Nonverbal Cues

Examples of this would include maintaining eye contact, smiling and nodding, when appropriate.  This is done to help comfort your parent while also establishing an understanding. Nonverbal communication is very crucial in the late stages of dementia.

7. Listen Attentively

Listening is key throughout this process, even if you intend on doing most of the talking. If you do not understand something they are saying, just kindly let them know without raising your voice.

8. Stay Patient

Really give your loved one plenty of time to think, react and explain. It may be difficult at times, but do not get upset. Try to remain patient at all times.

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