Home | News & Events | IDEA News | Loving someone with Lewy Body Dementia

Loving someone with Lewy Body Dementia

Doctors describe Lewy body dementia as “the most common disease you’ve never heard of,” citing symptoms like visual hallucinations, sleep disorder, muscle rigidity and dementia that are easily mistaken for other conditions. The National Institutes of Health estimates that more than one million people in the U.S. have LBD;  the Lewy Body Dementia Association pegs it at 1.4 million. Like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, there is no cure - only treatment - for LBD. 

Beloved actor Robin Williams had the disease, though that was only confirmed after his death. Williams' widow, Susan, described the LBD as a “nightmare” that eventually took her husband's life in a recent interview.  Williams reportedly experienced a year of baffling and seemingly unconnected symptoms before his doctors tentatively arrived at a diagnosis for Parkinson’s Disease. 

Read more on the Huffington Post website.