Some people prefer Facebook more than websites. In the interests of broader public education, a new Lewy Body Dementia page on Facebook has been launched. Whenever I see something that is significant or valuable to the community, it will be posted there. Every post will be personally analyzed to ensure a higher level of trust and legitimacy and will have a summary or comment to allow very quick scanning, to keep the page easy to search, and to save you time in case a specific article is not going to be what you’re looking for.

Below, you’ll find the five most recent posts, which is automatically updated. There is a great deal of online content that is specifically intended to manipulate, provoke, deceive or get visibility for the wrong reasons. Finding, reading, researching, and analyzing each article takes significant time, and I want only the best and most trustworthy to appear.

Click the Facebook page and “like” it to see most of them on your Facebook timeline as they are added. I will ensure that this is never overwhelming, off-topic, or insensitive.
LewyBodyDementia.ca8 hours ago
Lewy Science: New "dual-task gait tests" show promise for predicting dementia likelihood before it is fully developed. Basically, this is where a person is asked to walk normally, and simultaneously count backwards or name animals. This is believed to act as a "stress test" of cognition, and difficulty with doing this dual task walking correlates with a higher incidence of progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to dementia.
> The reason predictive diagnosis is so important is that approximate 1/3 of people with MCI will NOT progress to dementia, so treating them is potentially damaging, while early treatment for the other 2/3 may help improve quality of life.
> Here's hoping new diagnostics are developed quickly, and are effective! Strength to all. Timothy Hudson
LewyBodyDementia.ca3 days ago
Lewy science updates: Dr. James Galvin on LBD and Alzheimer's disease at Florida Atlantic University. I particularly like that they're taking into consideration a more holistic approach, where they look at what happens "below the neck is going to affect what happens above the neck."
> This newly funded study defies the notion that "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to battling dementia and other related disorders. That, too, is a step in the right direction.
> Here's hoping the results will be tangible, and soon! Strength to all. Timothy Hudson
FAU launches new approach to preventing dementia
Is it possible to prevent dementia from happening in the first place? That's what a leading FAU neuroscientist plans to prove using an innovative approach that defies the idea that 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to battling Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson's disease and other re...
LewyBodyDementia.ca5 days ago
How to manage hallucinations & delusions in Lewy Body Dementia. Free webinar: Wednesday, June 28, 2:30pm EST
> Seeing things that aren’t there and/or holding firmly to beliefs that aren’t real are symptoms of vivid hallucinations and delusions are the reality that haunts those suffering with LBD. But LBD causes dangerous sensitivity to medications typically used to manage these issues.
> Top researcher, Dr. James Galvin of Florida Atlantic University teams with the Lewy Body Dementia Association for a free, informative webinar. He will discuss current strategies to manage hallucinations and delusions in LBD, and share information about ongoing research and clinical trials.
> I'd say this is very well worth the time. Strength to all! Timothy Hudson.
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LewyBodyDementia.ca1 week ago
Sleep issues with Lewy Body Dementia -- FREE online seminar with UCLA Neurologist, Thursday June 22 at 2:30EST.
> Most with LBD have sleep issues that dramatically effect their quality of life and can lead sometime lead to injuries to themselves and others.
> Will cover REM sleep behavior disorder, daytime sleepiness, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and periodic limb movement.
> Dr. Alon Y. Avidan, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Centre will explain changes in sleep patterns with aging specific to LBD. Also covers management of LBD-related sleep disorders, as well as treatment strategies, ongoing research and clinical trials.
> The LBDA is doing great work. Strength to all! Timothy Hudson
LewyBodyDementia.ca2 weeks ago
Lewy News: The Cleveland Clinic has received a $6 million grant to create a national research consortium to investigate the causes underlying Lewy Body Dementia. The new consortium will serve as a national registry for data on the disease, and a place for centralized research efforts. The five-year NIH grant will help try to find LBD biomarkers to better diagnose the disease, track its progression and find effective treatment. Researchers from nine universities and clinical sites will collect clinical data, brain imaging scans and biological samples from more than 200 LBD patients to aid investigations into biomarkers.
> $6 million is a drop in the bucket for what's needed, and I would still like to see a commitment to funding care, rather than just white coats, but they're doing good work, and any improvements are very welcome.
> Strength to all! Timothy Hudson
LewyBodyDementia.ca2 weeks ago
A new study identifies symptoms closely associated with Lewy Body Dementia BEFORE a person has dementia, during the mild cognitive impairment (MCI) stage. It is a small study, but should lead to improved diagnoses, and differentiation between Alzheimer's Disease and LBD.
> Participants were interviewed using a questionnaire adapted from the LBDA’s Comprehensive LBD Symptoms Checklist. Several additional symptoms linked to LBD were also added, specifically vision-related symptoms and response to dementia medications.
> Key points that were identified to differentiate between AD+LBD used in the study were the higher incidence in LBD of:
- Fluctuating concentration or attention
- Unexplained episodes of confusion
- Misjudging objects (difficulty moving around due to misjudging where objects are)
- Muscle rigidity or stiffness
- Changes in handwriting
- Shuffling walk
- Changes in posture
- Frequent falls
- Drooling
- Weak voice
- Symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder (physically acting out dreams while asleep)
> One of the most interesting elements is the difference in hallucinations between AD and LBD participants, with the latter reporting fully-formed, detailed scenarios, while the AD participants recounted more misidentification of objects in low light, or flashes of light.
> Well worth a read, and great that the LBDA is doing such great work.
Strength to all! Timothy Hudson
> More from the Int'l Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry --

I am not entirely sold on the idea of Facebook, but I absolutely agree it is critical to get information out to the broader public. If this doesn’t work well, it will be retired. Make sure you join a support group for Lewy Body Dementia — there are options online, by email, phone or in-person.

Strength to all!
Timothy Hudson

Updated May 7, 2017