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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lewy Body Phrase for 10-26: Preventative Therapies

We can sometimes prevent behaviors and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) by:

Controling the environment:
  • Avoid clutter, crowds, loud noises and bright lights and extremes.
  • Use routines, rituals, transitional cues and familiarity.
Preventing infections:
  • Monitor for symptoms and treat early
  • Use healthy living practices
  • Avoid pressure sores
Manage pain:
  • Monitor for non-verbal cues suggesting pain
  • Treat early, first with non-drug options
  • When using drugs, choose the mildest possible
  • Consider medical marijuana
Tomorrow's phrase: Healthy living practices

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

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.

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