Dementia with Lewy bodies

Dementia with Lewy bodies is a progressive disease that affects your ability to think, reason and process information. Let us offer the benefit of experience and knowledge in this complex diagnosis. We'll tailor your treatment plan to best support your quality of life. 

Dementia with Lewy bodies is caused by brain tissue degeneration. Along with memory loss, those with this form of dementia experience changes in movement, such as a hunched posture or shuffled walk. Dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most common cause of dementia, after Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. Whether with medication or supportive care, we work with you to manage symptoms and maximize your quality of life.

Treatment options

Treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies requires patience, compassion and a shared commitment between your family and our experts. That's where our Spectrum Health memory disorders team excels. When coping with a disorder that affects so many aspects of your daily life, discouragement can take over. 

The good news is that effective treatments are available, and we hope that's encouraging. For example, there are medications that can slow the progression of your symptoms. We continually study new ways to protect, prolong or preserve physical, cognitive and emotional skills. 

With a neurologist and neuropsychologist leading your team, please know it's our passion to find the best plan for you. We also offer services to provide emotional support for you and your family. Below are some of the treatments that may be part of our plan to protect your quality of life.


Medicine used to treat Parkinson's and Alzheimer's has worked well to treat symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies. We'll focus on improving sleep, depression and behavioral concerns.

Neuro rehabilitation

Our physical therapy and rehabilitation experts don't just work on improving your physical function. We understand that neurological connections with your brain and your nerves affect your physical, cognitive and emotional health. Our holistic approach brings you greater success.


When you experience a decline in memory and thinking skills, you may benefit from neuropsychology. We'll work with you to improve cognitive function, emotional health and behaviors.

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