The Relationship Between Lewy Body Dementia and Incontinence

LBD can be managed until a cure is found. 
When news broke that actor and comedian Robin Williams showed signs of diffuse Lewy body disease, it sparked new interest and coverage in the condition, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA). Read on to learn what it is and how it can be managed until a cure can be found.

What is Lewy body dementia?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a progressive brain disorder that affects behavior, cognition and movement. LBD is an umbrella term for two closely related clinical diagnoses: Parkinson’s disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).

LBD causes are not yet fully understood. Multiple factors might make someone susceptible to LBD, including genetic and environmental risk factors combined with natural aging processes. Symptoms can include impaired thinking and memory, changes in sleep and behavior, problems with physical movement, and even hallucinations.

Doctors use patient history, examination, and possibly blood tests and brain scans to rule out other causes of dementia. LBD cannot be diagnosed with absolute certainty except through an autopsy, so any diagnosis is “probable.”

5 Tips For Balancing Full Time Work & Your Family Caregiving Role

Caregiving and full time work:
A tough balancing act.
Are you someone who has an older family member, but are also working full time? Perhaps you currently work full time, but need to leave from time to time to take care of your loved one. Sometimes it may feel like you are abandoning your responsibilities at work or your responsibilities to your relative. This is a tough balancing act to handle. Following are five pragmatic steps you should take. 

5 Tips to Survive Holiday Travel with Incontinence

Don't let incontinence stop you from holiday travel. 
While many of us look forward to going on holiday and visiting family and friends, it can be stressful for those managing urinary or bowel incontinence. With a little planning and the right products, everyone can enjoy the holiday season. Keep these five tips in mind next time you plan a trip.

Handling Holiday Stress as a Caregiver

As the expectations pile up, so does the stress. 

Guest Post by Beth Kelly 

The stuffed turkey simmering. The corn-on-the-cob roasting. The family chuckling, clustered around the newest board game. The magic of overflowing packages under the tree and that perfect bar room New Year’s kiss. Hollywood has photoshopped the holidays, and too many caregivers inadvertently fall into supporting roles. As the expectations pile up, so does the stress. So the dominoes fall: stress, worry, depression.

The buck stops here. Consider four simple tips to stave off the holiday blues.

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