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Lewy Body Dementia: One Couple's Story of Caregiving

Lewy Body Dementia is a form of dementia that distinguishes itself due to the vivid hallucinations people have when diagnosed with LBD.

Over one million people are affected with LBD in the United States and it typically begins after the age of 50, according to the National Institute on Aging.

There are two forms of Lewy Body Dementia: Dementia with Lewy-bodies, and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Although certain early signs of these two diseases differ, over time both share most of the same symptoms.

The average lifespan of a person with Lewy Body Dementia is typically five to seven years, but there are some cases that last up to 20 years. Dick Green was diagnosed with Lewy-Body Dementia in 2000. His wife, Barbara Green, has taken care of her husband Dick Greene for 18 years.

As his primary caregiver, Barbara’s full-time job is taking care of her husband. She cooks, cleans, helps him find his way around the house, and drives him to do errands.

“And the Alzheimer’s Support Network, we can not say enough good things about them as far as the services that they are offering to this community,” Barbara said “All of there services are free, there’s no charge. I mean it just goes on and on the wonderful things that they do. We’re very, very fortunate to have them in our community.”

Learn more on Lewy Body Dementia here.

Barbara and her husband Dick also visit the Naples Senior Center Once a week. They offer a variety of social services and programs for seniors and families. To find out more information visit their website .

Reporting by Anna Kohls

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