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The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 1d ago

Dopamine: For More than Mobility

About half of those dealing with LBD also have Parkinson's disease (PD). Anyone dealing with PD soon learns about the need for adequate dopamine. Dopamine has several functions in the brain,...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 1W ago

The 2017 Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium Conference

Yesterday we attended the annual Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium Conference. We started out on a rather negative note. We left in plenty of time to enjoy the advertised pre-session Continenta...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 2W ago

Helpful Sites for Care Partners

We recently received two lists of links of for care partners that we believe are worth passing on. The first is from Natalie Kelly, who represents a group of educators and librarians called...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 3W ago

The Value of Exercise

We've all heard and read about how exercise is so important as we age, and how it continues to be important for anyone dealing with dementia, both the PlwD and the care partner. Exercise inc...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 4W ago

Dealing with Shadowing

One of the behaviors that can be very difficult for a care partner to deal with is shadowing, that is, constantly following, often very closely, and getting very anxious if the care partner ...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 1M ago

Dealing with BPSD: Hallucinations

Last week's blog was about how to defuse negative emotions. That's an important basis for dealing with most behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSDs).These emotions often dri...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 1M ago

Defusing Negative Emotions

Last week's blog was on emotions in general. If you haven't read it, or the previous one on thinking, please do so before you continue. Emotions are usually either negative or positive. The ...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 1M ago

Emotions Drive Behavior

Last week's blog was about thinking skills. Because we use abstract thinking to evaluate and make decisions about emotions, it is important to know about the different kinds of thinking. If ...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 1M ago

What Dementia Does to Thinking

Thinking can be divided into two types: abstract and concrete. Good thinking requires a balance of both. Children start with concrete thinking and as their brain develops, they learn to add ...
The Lewy Body Rollercoaster · 2M ago

Driving, Part Two: Making Quitting Easier

Last week’s blog was about how to know when it was time for the PlwD* to quit driving. This week’s blog is about how to make that happen when the time comes.Right after John’s diagnosis, we ...