Dementia (Lewy Body Type)

Lewy Body Dementia is a form of dementia which has features of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.  It accounts for around 10% of dementia in older people.  Memory is often affected but less so than in Alzheimer's disease. 

People with Lewy Body Dementia tend to have more difficulty with attention and alertness, spatial orientation and difficulty planning ahead and co-ordinating mental acts.  They may also develop symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as slowness, difficulty walking, muscle stiffness and trembling of the limbs.  People with Lewy Body Dementia can have visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not there).  There is currently no cure for Lewy Body Dementia but there are different treatments which can help.

Alzheimer's Scotland and the Alzheimer's Society provide information about a wide range of memory problems, not just Alzheimer's disease.  Further information and leaflets can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website and the Alzheimer's Scotland website.

For information on power of attorney, guardianship and adults with incapacity act, visit the Mental Health Legislation section of elament.