Dementia, a loss of cognitive functioning that interferes with independent living, has many possible causes. Two new publications from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explore the topic:
- Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals sheds light on a specific dementia that affects more than 1 million Americans. The publication describes types of LBD (including dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia), symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as advice for living with the disease and caregiving.
- The Dementias: Hope Through Research looks at the range of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal disorders, dementia caused by traumatic brain injury, and others. The publication describes each condition, how dementia is diagnosed and treated, and the latest research.
These resources are jointly published by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), both part of NIH.
Read online, download, or order print copies:
Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals
The Dementias: Hope Through Research
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For more dementia-related information, visit NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers. Resources about non-Alzheimer’s dementias, including a booklet about frontotemporal disorders, can be found at www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/other-dementias.