We are a not-for-profit organization which helps promote the well-being of people with both Parkinson’s (PD) and Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) and their Carepartners.
If you or someone you know has Parkinson’s or Lewy Body Dementia Disease, we offer help and fellowship through our activities:
- Monthly meetings, speakers
- Carepartner meetings
- Traditional exercise programs
- Social gatherings
We have 100+ members who become a “family” as they share with others.
Parkinson Disease is a neurogenerative disorder resulting from the brain’s neurons in the Substantia Negra becoming impaired or dying. Normally, these neurons produce a substance called dopamine which transmits signals to other areas of the brain to activate muscles and movement. When neurons die, rigidity, tremors, slow movement, instability, and other symptoms result. Mood changes such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and loss of cognition become apparent and are disabling.
This is a long-term disease, and becomes more disabling as it progresses. Research is extensive and new treatments are showing promise. However, there is no cure at this time.
Learn more about how our Parkinson Disease support group can help you or your loved one.
Lewy Body Dementia (also called Dementia with Lewy Bodies) is a form of dementia that shows characteristics of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Lewy Body (LBD) symptoms tend to resemble other diseases but LBD is especially challenging to diagnose.
Lewy Bodies are abnormal microscopic protein deposits in the brain that cause the brain not to function normally and slowly deteriorate. The effects include a decline in cognitive and executive function, which often fluctuate in presence and severity. Symptoms may or may not include memory problems similar to Alzheimer’s. Hallucinations, delusions and other behaviors are also seen in LBD.
The signs and symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia include:
- Decline in mental status: reduced alertness, low attention span
- Recurrent visual hallucination or depression: hallucinations usually related to people or animals.
- Problems handling tasks of daily living: things that were simple to do are now very difficult to perform.
- Repeated falls and sleep disturbances: insomnia, acting out dreams
- Fluctuations in autonomic processes: blood pressure, body temperature, urinary difficulties, constipation, and difficulty swallowing.
Learn more about how our Lewy Body Dementia support group can help you or your loved one.