This week's video by Pat Snyder, author of Treasures in the Darkness and LBD teacher, lasts over 18 minutes, but it is well worth watching. LBD can be very sensitive to so many drug and all LBD care partners need to know about these. In fact, you will want to take notes! And then you will want to go to some of the sources she recommends and learn more. And then you will want some references that you can refer to over and over.
I've listed her recommendations here along with some of my own:
People's Pharmacy Anticholinergic Drug List
Treating and Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia
Beers Criteria, 2019 version
I also recommend our book, Responsive Dementia Care, which has a huge chapter on drug sensitivity and management as well as several chapters on a variety of non-drug options and alternatives.
Here is Pat's video: Avoid These Drugs When You Can with Lewy Body Dementia
Next week: Pat's video about Medication Mantras.
For more information about Lewy body disorders, read our books:
A Caregivers’ Guide to Lewy Body Dementia
Managing Cognitive Issues in Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia
Responsive Dementia Care: Fewer Behaviors Fewer Drugs
Lewy Body Dementia: A Manual for Staff
Helen and James Whitworth are not doctors, lawyers or social workers. As informed caregivers, they share the information here for educational purposes only. It should never be used instead of a professional's advice.