Tag Archives: lewy body

NEW research opportunity

Hi! Just wanted to point out that I have a new tab… RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES. – And, yes, that means I am off-and-running with my latest research study. SO, PLEASE check it out if you are interested in getting involved – Specifically, I’m looking for care partners of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or Parkinson’s disease to fill out a questionnaire! *the… 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 »

slowing Parkinson’s progression: a research update

alpha-synuclein is a protein encoded by the SNCA gene. Although we are still not certain of what it does, we do know it makes up Lewy Bodies, clusters of proteins that are a pathological hallmark of Parkinson’s disease and other dementias (lewy body dementias). It is thought that in Parkinson’s disease, the variability in alpha-synuclein gene produces either too much alpha-synuclein protein… Read more »

recognizing dementia

classic clinical signs of parkinson’s disease (PD) include: 1) resting tremor 2) rigidity (or stiffness) 3) postural instability (balance troubles) and 4) bradykinesia (slowed movements, like rising from a chair) – However, nonmotor (i.e. pain, sleep difficulties) and psychological (i.e. apathy, depression, hallucinations) symptoms can also occur. – Dementia can also develop in PD. Epidemiology shows PD associated dementia (PDD)… Read more »