Around 10% of young people with dementia have dementia with Lewy bodies. The nerve cells in the brain are damaged by tiny ‘bodies’ containing proteins.
People can experience symptoms that are common in many dementias including problems with memory, attention and spatial awareness. There are also a number of other symptoms such as hallucinations, seeing people or animals who are not really there. People can have trouble sleeping and have difficulties with their movement that are similar to Parkinson’s disease.
Des is living with dementia with Lewy bodies. You can read his story here and watch a short film about him titled Living a new life below