Lewy Body Dementia is the second leading cause of degenerative dementia in the elderly. Sadly Lewy Body Dementia is not well-known or understood and is often confused with Alzheimer's Disease. After the death of Jim Whitworth's first wife from Lewy Body Dementia he co-founded the Lewy Body Dementia Association in 2003, with the aim of educating caregivers, family members, and friends of people living with the disease. A Caregiver's Guide to Lewy Body Dementia is a guide and resource to Lewy Body Dementia. It is written in everyday language and filled with personal examples that connect to the readers own experiences. The book provides an accurate, detailed view of the disease in easy to understand terms. The book includes quick fact and quick tip boxes that summarize facts and caregiving tips for easy reference, a comprehensive resource guide including respite care, nursing homes, and neurologists, and a glossary of terms and acronyms related to Lewy Body Dementia. A Caregiver's Guide to Lewy Body Dementia is the first book to present a thorough picture of Lewy Body Dementia in an easy-to-read format. It is the ideal resource for caregivers, family members, and friends of individuals living with the disease seeking to understand Lewy Body Dementia.
It is a valuable resource for caregivers, which include spouses and children as well as nurses and nurses' aides caring for people with dementia. Family doctors and neurologists also will benefit, as it uncovers a lot of questions that they should address during visits with these patients. This is a great resource for information about dealing with LBD, although it is not a substitute for physician advice on specific care issues, especially medications.-Doody's "Lewy body dementia is a common cause of memory, motor, emotional and behavioral disturbance in the older adult, yet many people (including physicians) are unfamiliar with the signs, symptoms, and course of the illness. This lack of information can have devastating consequences on the patient, their family, and by extension their healthcare providers. Jim and Helen Whitworth have done an outstanding job not only of collecting a comprehensive compendium on all aspects of LBD, but they also have provided a personal touch with a moving compilation of anecdotes, stories, and quotes. I commend them for their efforts and will most certainly recommend this book as required reading for all my LBD patients and their families."-James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Director of Clinical Operations, Center of Excellence on Brain Aging. Director, Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment, New York University Langone School of Medicine "This book will make a difference in the lives of caregivers who help to manage the LBD patient with the ever constant fluctuations and the many issues that come with the disease."-Irene Selak, a 5-year volunteer with the Lewy Body Dementia Association