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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1 day ago
I lost my husband in March of this year to Lewy Body after many years of taking care of him. I finally had to admit him to an Assisted Living Home after many falls and injuries. Watching my man decline and lose everything he enjoyed doing was so hard. It destroyed my spirit and I suffered from depression. His feet would freeze up on him and he couldn't walk until the spell passed.. I won't take the time now but just know my thoughts are with you. We had wonderful help from Hospice and the staff at the home. But the responsibility for everything is on the caregiver. Be good to yourself get out with friends and rest as much as possible you have a long road ahead of you. I HOPE YOU HAVE FAMILY TO HELP YOU.
13 days ago
Well, even though no one has responded to my previous post, I will use this as an opportunity to voice my thoughts and experience ... even if I'm the only one reading them! This morning I left pre-dawn for an airport run. I lock the deadbolt on the door when I left as my husband, who suffers from LBD, was still sleeping. On the return trip I received a call from him. "I'm lost. I think I'm at (a neighbors house). I can't get the door open to leave. I'm locked in." So glad I locked the door or he might have been wandering the neighborhood in the dark! Since it was so early, I thought I could get to the airport and back before he woke. Lesson learned.
Just Be Dementia Friendly said...
22 days ago
Hi, our Mum sadly died from dementia with Lewy bodies last year. To help others dealing with this hideous disease, I have written the story of our journey which includes key information about Lewy body dementia.
25 days ago
My husband was diagnosed with LBD 2 1/2 years ago, but I'm convinced he has been suffering with it longer than that. Our small town does not have a support group, of which I am in desperate need. The "Are you suffering from Caregiver Burnout?" quiz but me right at the edge. We do not live near any family. If I break, there is no one here for him. Someone to share this journey with would be awesome. Any takers?
2 months ago
is it too late for long term care insurance? my mother was in denial about her symptoms and never purchased additional insurance. now her entire life of work, house, stocks, etc will be drained by nursing home care. is there any way to get some sort of insurance at this late date? she is already admitted
3 months ago
My husband has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and is on medication but he no longer makes sense when he talks and constantly follows me from room to room. I realize he does not want to be alone but I am the only caregiver and it is starting to wear on my nerves. Any advice? He will not watch television unless I am in the room with him.
3 months ago
I'm the caregiver to my mother-in-law and although she's now living in an independent living apartment, I've hired a service to give her morning medications and helps her with dressing. I come over in the evenings to help her shower and take care of any other daily needs.
Lately, she's been leaving her room early in the mornings (5am) because she thinks it's time for breakfast. She packs her room up to "go home" just about every day and her anxiety is off the carts. She's scared most of the time and I really don't know what to do with her. We've changed and changed her medications and nothing really helps. HELP!
Mark NY1 said...
3 months ago
Help! My dad was diagnosed with LBD about a year ago and since he has been prescribed seroquil and more recently nuplazid for the delusions and hallucinations. Both those drugs just him worse. What can he take to ease the delusions and hallucinations if antipsychotics only serve to worsen his symptoms?
Kathryn whittaker said...
3 months ago
My mother was recently diagnosed.
My mother's " symptoms are very mild.
She has confusion some days Most of the time she is angry with me and does not want me there Some days she just stares into space My frustration is " I think" maybe she doesn't need me here 24/7 My sister thinks she does Help
feeling helpless daughter said...
3 months ago
My Dad was unofficially diagnosed with LBD in November and again in January. My Mom also has dementia. Hers is just asking the same question 20 times and forgetting what I just said. I'm so lost as to how to handle the delusions. I'm the primary care giver for both of my parents. I have 11 siblings that like to give their opinion but really don't understand what I deal with day to day. My sisters tell me to change the subject when he is having the delusions. But he can have the same delusion for days, weeks, and months. I most of the time end up lying to him to ease his anxiety and paranoia. When I do that, he will drop it and have a different delusion. I get so frustrated with them, my sisters, telling me I'm handling his delusions all wrong. They tell me not to feed into them. At the most, they have only spent 8 hours with him the times they have visited. Am I doing the right thing by lying to him to get him off a specific delusion causing paranoia or should I always try to change the subject? I feel like I'm doing nothing right in my siblings's eyes because they berate me on how I handle things. Thank God I have an amazing best friend to vent to!!! I'm looking for specific tips that I may be overlooking. Most of Dad's delusions cause extreme paranoia and he always cuts himself down for thinking he did something horribly wrong.
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