Lewy Body Dementia - Support Group for Caregivers
Caring for a loved one with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)? This group is for you! Get feedback and suggestions for caregiving challenges -- connect with others in similar situations and receive online support. Welcome - please share about your experience, and as you can: add responses for other members too.
This group was originally started by Caring.com member, "jannon" in March 2014 who wrote: "My mother has Lewy Body Dementia, which is different in many ways than Alzheimer's. I am her primary caregiver now, and it's a very stressful. I would like to know if anyone else is dealing with LBD."
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Chrissie O said...
6 days ago
My mum has taken care of my dad for 7 years. She has been through hell but loves him so much just wants to look after him, give him good meals, make sure he is showered, keep him in clean clothes, a lovely bed to sleep in and his own home. He fell almost every day over the last 6 months but she always managed to get him up again until this week.. Today they took him away and she knows he will not be coming again....It is like she is bereaved and I am not there due to living away. I will be there Saturday but she has no support right now. They just took him to a care home.. They have been married for 63 years. My mum is 86 but would have done anything to keep him home. So so cruel LBD
11 days ago
My father was diagnosed with LBD 4 years ago. He is 74 years old and lives with his wife who is his primary caregiver. The responsibility and stress that she endures in taking care of my father is now suffering and I feel that it is time to seek outside assistance. My father's wife will not be very enthusiastic to this change, but myself and other family members feel that it is time. Can anyone give any advice to approaching her with this delicate conversation?
Always open to suggestions......regards.
about 1 month ago
My mother in law was diagnosed with LBD going on 2 years now. This has been the most stressful thing me and my wife have ever been through and it's taking a toll on us on all levels. It's as though the old her is gone and has been replaced by someone else. She has constant delusions, thinking that people are after her, laughing at her, talking about her. The government is out to get her, listening in on her. She won't take her meds, she doesn't believe anything is wrong with her. Me and my wife get the brunt of her wrath. This past Friday the 13th, full moon, she was rolling around on the ground like she was on fire, telling my wife she hates her, hitting her. She thinks we're keeping her prisoner. She thinks the government gave her a "shock" and thats why she's like this. She's Hispanic and used to speak English fairly well, but that's deteriorating. She has a lot sexually inappropriate and religious delusions. She just acts very bizarre, a lot of twisted and morbid delusions and it's too much for us to cope with at this point. My wife tells me there's nothing we can do until she starts to harm herself or someone else. She wants to keep her mom until the very end, when we have no choice to send her away or call the police, so she has a clear conscience that she did all she could for her. Any thoughts, help is appreciated
2 months ago
My mom has lewy dementia...I'm also her primary. For me, the only thing I find stressful is how clueless my sibling are. I am with her every step of the way n I feel they need to open their eyes. Nobody seems to see or understand how challenging it could be. Mentally physically emotionally....for me it's the days I need support, strength emotionally. It's heartbreaking n then there are days where I'm scared..all the time n j just need her with me. Looking at me. Talking to me.
3 months ago
New here. My wife has LBD and is 62 years old.. Fighting now for almost 2 years and seems to be getting progressively worse.. Constant hallucinations and delusions when awake (sleeps a lot).. Has spasms and falls. Her Neurologist doesn't seem to be too interested in doing much other than prescribing pills and telling us that it will get worse. She cries uncontrollably and is very depressed..
4 months ago
My problem is that I have dragged my husband (73) to two different neurologists and neither has diagnosed him with LBD or offered any help. My research showed the symptoms of lewy body disease and they match in many ways. Can't get a doctor to pay attention and help. If they don't agree on this diagnosis, then tell me what I am dealing with. They just brush it off as a decline in cognitive abilities.
4 months ago
Yes, my father was diagnosed with lewy body in 2011 and it is very stressful. I am the only caregiver with no family support. I finally had to get a CNA so I can have a break. The constant worry and not knowing what to expect from day to day is exhausting. My dad just recently dealt with a bout of UTI,S and became sepsis twice. Sepsis can be life threatening if not treated quickly. He is now taking a daily antibiotic and drinking lots of water and juices. ( He told me I was gonna kill him with all the water)????????????. I have found that physical therapy is very good for the rigidity and balance issues that come with Lewy Body Dementia. It's a heartbreaking disease to watch your loved one go from a vibrant hardworking man to not even knowing where he is most of the time. He still knows who everyone is and I Am grateful for that. I will be praying for everyone dealing with this horrible disease. We have to keep loving on them and continue to treat them as the person we know them to be even though they are not the same person.
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