Lewy body disease includes two types of dementia—Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD).
Currently, 1.4 million people in the US are coping with LBD. It’s is the third most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.
People with LBD can develop delusions (fixed beliefs that do not reflect reality), such as jealousy delusions that a spouse is unfaithful, or persecutory delusions of being threatened or maltreated. These delusions are very real to the person with LBD, and can trigger a huge outpouring of emotions and misunderstandings. Agitation and anxiety can be triggered in those living with LBD, as well as their families and caregivers.