•Book Reviews•

"Lewy body dementia is a common cause of memory, motor, emotional and behavioral disturbance in the older adult, yet many people (including physicians) are unfamiliar with the signs, symptoms, and course of the illness.This lack of information can have devastating consequences on the patient, their family, and by extension their healthcare providers.

The Whitworth's have done an outstanding job  of collecting a comprehensive compendium on all aspects of LBD, and have provided a personal touch with a moving compilation of anecdotes, stories, and quotes. I commend them for their efforts and will most certainly recommend this book as required reading for all my LBD patients and their families."

 -James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Director of Clinical Operations, Center of Excellence on Brain Aging. Director, Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment, New York University Langone School of Medicine

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Caregiver's Guide to LBD is a Must Read!" By CD Hawkins (AMAZON.com Editorial Review)

I would absolutely recommend this book for any caregiver or family member of a loved that has recently been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. The great number of caregiver accounts of symptoms, actions, progression of dementia was extremely helpful to me. Every case that had symptoms that matched my husband, I dog-eared for reference, and saw so many descriptions that we were going through and some I wish I had known about as soon as he was diagnosed. One account I read was as my husband was slowly getting over bronchitis, almost four weeks, mood changes, sleeping most of time, to name a few things that he would normally have worked through in a week. The account was how taking over the counter meds must be scrutinized to make sure they didn't contain a certain drug that negatively interacts with Aricept, which he was taking for his dementia. Cold medications with letters after them like DE, PE, D can cause problems or inhibit the LBD and sometimes never get the person back to where they were before the illness. That is what happened in my husband, an increased progression of symptoms. Many good guidelines on being alert to any and all medications since not all medical personnel know about the problems or symptoms of LBD.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Tremendous Help" By Christena Fox (AMAZON.com Review)

This is the best book, with the most helpful information I have found for someone who lives with, and cares for an individual with Lewybody dementia. My husband was recently diagnosed, as I searched for information there was nothing until I found this book. The doctors are of no help, this book has helped me tremendously!!

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Very Informative" By Shawna L. Dakides (AMAZON.com Review)

As a spouse of someone with Lewy Body Dementia and as a Lewy Body support group facilitator, I found this book to be very helpful and informative. There was medical information and personal stories. I love and relate to the personal stories because each and every person is affected differently from Lewy Body Dementia. The professionals & researchers can only tell us so much but it is the caregivers that live it day to day and need help from each other's stories to help deal with all the unexpected situations that may come up. I would highly recommend this book to both caregivers and professionals.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "GET THIS BOOK" By Secondlook54 (AMAZON.com Review)

A lady I spoke to at the Alzheimer's Association recommended this book to me after I told her my mother has LBD. It explains so much about the disease, symptoms, reactions to medications, cognitive problems, sleeping disorders, etc. etc. You name it, it covers it. If your loved one has LBD or you suspect they have it, get this book. It can help improve the quality of your loved one's life and your's too!

5.0 out of 5 stars - "A Host of Information" By marie cohn (AMAZON.com Review)

This book is very well written and easy to understand. There is not a lot written on Lewy body Dementia so it is nice to have information all in one place. It has been very helpful when discussing treatments with doctors.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "A Valuable Resource" by Doody's (AMAZON.com Editorial Review)

"It is a valuable resource for caregivers, which include spouses and children as well as nurses and nurses' aides caring for people with dementia. Family doctors and neurologists also will benefit, as it uncovers a lot of questions that they should address during visits with these patients. This is a great resource for information about dealing with LBD, although it is not a substitute for physician advice on specific care issues, especially medications."

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Thumbs way up" By Melinda Lennington (AMAZON.com Review)

This book has been a tremendous help to my family. My dad has Lewy Body Dementia. I bought three copies... one for myself, my mom and sister. When I find something in the book that is a must read, I texted them the page number. I found out about the book at a LBD Support Group that meets in Richardson, Texas the first Wednesday of every month.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Best Resource I have read on this Subject!" By JackieEllaOwen (AMAZON.com Review)

This book is amazing! It has provided me with the knowledge I need to care for my husband, as well many real personal stories, that I could not put it down. Our doctor did not prepare me for this disease at all. There is so much valuable medical, legal and financial information in this book for anyone caring or dealing with Lewy Body Dementia. I wish to thank the authors for educating me so well so I know how to move forward.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Quality Care for Dementia Patients" By Devika (AMAZON.com Review)

As an RN with a specialty in dementia care, I was not knowledgeable about Lewy Body dementia until I was introduced to the information in this book. Specifically, there are differences in the medical treatment of Lewy Body and Alzheimer's. Inappropriate medications given to Lewy Body patients can harm them. This book is an invaluable resource for Long Term Care facilities education, as well as Home Health Care training. Practical, concise and invaluable for families and direct caregivers at all levels.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Excellent! 2 Thumbs Up!" By Medic 1 (AMAZON.com Review)

Excellent and very informative. As a child of a parent with Lewy Body this book is a must. This easy to read book describes in a clear and concise manner the very complicated triad of Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease Dementia. This book is also a wonderful resource not only for the care of our loved ones but also the caregiver. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning and/or reading about LBD and dementias in general. This will definately NOT be a waste if purchased.

5.0 out of 5 stars - "Wish I'd Had this Earlier!" By WIFE OF CELIAC, (AMAZON.com Review)

Very informative. Wish I had read it earlier. It helped me cope and understand what was happening.

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