International conference Dec. 1 – 4 brings together experts, patients and caregivers
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. But if you’re not familiar with it, you’re not alone. “Lewy body dementia is the most common disorder you’ve never heard of,” says Bradley Boeve, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist who will speak at the International Dementia with Lewy Bodies Conference Dec. 1-4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Lewy body dementia shares similar symptoms of memory issues like Alzheimer’s and slow, stiff movements like Parkinson’s disease. But people with Lewy body dementia may act out their dreams while asleep, or they may have visual hallucinations that can lead to unusual behavior, such as having conversations with deceased loved ones.
Getting an accurate diagnosis is the key to improving patients’ lives, says Dr. Boeve, co-investigator of the Mayo Clinic Dorothy and Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Lewy Body Dementia Program. “We want to help patients stop the diagnostic odyssey of seeing many different clinicians, undergoing many different tests over an extended period of time with no clear answers and all of the frustration that goes with this,” Dr. Boeve says.
Journalists: Sounds bites with Dr. Boeve are available in the downloads.
For an interview with Dr. Boeve, contact Susan Barber Lindquist at 507-284-5005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.