Tag Archives: lewy body dementia

My latest article: A typology across dementia caregivers (Roland & Chappell, Ageing Soc 2014)

I recently published an article in the journal Ageing & Society addressing the different challenges faced by caregivers across different disease groups. We often send all caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia to the same resource (i.e. Alzheimer’s society), when in fact they may be facing very different challenges! After a thorough look at the scientific literature,… Read more »

A common dementia gene?

A variant gene thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, the ε4 allele of the gene for apolipoprotein E, may be associated with other forms of dementia (Zabetian et al, Archives of Neurology, 2012). In this study, the researchers defined four types of dementia – Alzheimer’s without Lewy body neuropathologic changes, Lewy body disease with Alzheimer’s features, pure Lewy body disease… Read more »

Defining “dementia”

I want to start the new year off by clarifying some terminology around dementia. – If dementia was a “car”, Alzheimer’s disease would be a “Ford” … meaning Alzheimer’s disease is a TYPE of dementia. Lewy Body Dementia is a TYPE of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s a condition in which a set of symptoms exist that cause… Read more »

life in the balance : summer reads

Dr Thomas Graboys was a cardiologist at Harvard Medical and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, celebrated for his rapport with patients. At age 49 he began with battle with Parkinson’s disease and progressive Lewy Body Dementia. This book chronicles his diagnosis, retirement and day-to-day physical, mental and emotional struggles. His story gives a voice, not only to persons diagnosed, but to… Read more »