Gifts for Caregivers

caregiving1 150x150 Gifts for CaregiversWith the holidays quickly approaching, I have been asked by clients and family members alike what the best gifts for caregivers are this season.  After some reflection about all the things caregivers do for the people they are taking care of, I made a few adjustments to my answer.  There is no amount of money that will ever fully recognize the amount of stress, love, and care that any family or professional caregiver goes through each and every day.  However, here are a few ideas that may help the caregivers in your life feel recognized, appreciated and pampered.

Private Caregivers

I think of these caregivers as the folks who work for in-home care, home health, and hospice companies.  They may also be private caregivers who work for themselves or through a caregiver referral agency.  If they work for a private company, do check on company policies for gift-giving.

  • Massage, Manicure, and/or Pedicure gift certificates
  • Gift certificate to a nice restaurant
  • Movie tickets
  • Anything to help facilitate relaxation and pampering

Family Caregivers

Did you know that 4 in 10 U.S. adults cares for a sick or elderly loved one?  That’s a whole lot of care being provided without any paycheck at all.  Family caregivers often feel overwhelmed, under-appreciated, and pulled in many different directions by work and family obligations.

  • Offer to go shopping
  • Cook a meal
  • Clean the house
  • Lunch or dinner delivery
  • Let them know how much you appreciate everything they are doing!
  • Respite- can you help them have a day/night off?

Facility Caregivers

Facility caregivers are anyone who works in a nursing facility, long term care facility, assisted living, memory care, retirement community, adult care home or any other residential setting for seniors.  These caregivers are definitely underpaid for the amazing work they do.  Often, the companies they work for also have very strict gift-giving policies in place that can make it difficult to express gratitude.  As with private caregivers, check the company policies on gift-giving first.

  • Letter of recognition- This is one of the most personal gifts I can think of for a facility caregiver.  A letter touting their amazing skills with your loved one, the care and compassion they bring to work everyday, or they way that they bring a smile to the resident’s faces that they care for will go a long ways in showing your appreciation.  This letter could be given to an administrator as well to be put in the caregiver’s employee file.
  • Donation to the facility or organization the caregiver works for- Many care facilities will have an “employee bonus” fund that is split amongst the employees or direct care staff.
  • Donate on behalf of the caregiver- If there is no bonus fund to contribute to and/or the gift-giving policies are tight, donate to a non-profit or cause like the Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Association, or Senior Wish Foundation in your area.  I found this great site that rates and links to charities if you need ideas.
  • Food, Coffee, Teas for the breakroom- and make it the good stuff.

Gifts for Caregivers: Not just for the Holidays!

Don’t just say thank you at the holidays, say it year round!  Let the caregivers in your life know how much they are appreciated.  A smile, pat on the back, a listening ear, and a willingness to help out are always welcome.  Don’t forget each November is National Caregivers Month, another special time to recognize the caregivers in your life.

Have any gift ideas we missed?  Add your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Philips Lifeline Review

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The Philips Lifeline family of medical alert systems now offers 4 options under their Philips Lifeline umbrella.   They offer the traditional home based medical alert system without fall detection, the Lifeline alert system with fall detection, a mobile (cellular) option, and a smartphone app.  We like options, and Philips Lifeline has built a nice business model based on consistent service over a long period of time.  This is one of the reasons we tend to recommend Philips Lifeline when folks ask us for medical alert system recommendations.

Product Info: Philips Lifeline

  • Name:  Philips LifeLine
  • Website Info: www.lifelinesys.comPhilips Lifeline w Auto Alert Philips Lifeline Review
  • Auto Fall Detection? :  Optional
  • Cellular Option: Yes
  • Equipment Cost:  $0 for traditional medical alert system, $149 if you want mobile (cellular) option
  • Monthly Cost Starts At: $29.95 for in-home (no fall detection), $49.95 (with fall detection), $54.95 (cellular option/AT&T), $13.95 for Medical Alert Smartphone App.
  • All Lifeline Alert Systems Feature:  A waterproof (wireless) Pendant or Bracelet, In-Home Base Unit, 24/7 US Based Response Center.

Philips Lifeline Review

We originally published our first Philips Lifeline Review back in 2011.  The Philips Lifeline family of medical alert systems is now the number 1 provider of medical alert systems in the US with over 7 million served.  Founded in 1972, Philips Lifeline continues to provide top notch (US based) service to those that choose to patronize the Lifeline family of products.  Philips Lifeline is a premium brand which means you’ll pay a little more than the industry average for their services.  In exchange, you’ll receive US based response centers staffed with trained operators, ready to assist in case of emergency.  Here at The Senior List we can attest to our own high degree of customer satisfaction, as a family member has worn a Lifeline device for almost a decade.

Lifeline offers a number of options depending on the needs of the user today.  The base model is called their HomeSafe Standard option.  This is what we would refer to as a traditional in-home medical alert system.  It offers push button technology from a pendant, and is perfect for most users who want a traditional medical alert system.

If you’re worried about falls, Philips Lifeline offers a fall detection option called “HomeSafe Auto Alert”.  Philips boasts a “high detection rate of true falls”, but you should know that fall detection technology isn’t without it’s detractors/critics.  Those critics cite false fall alarms, as well as non-detected-falls.  Fall detection is a nice safety blanket to have, but you have to understand fall detection technology isn’t perfect (on any device).  You also pay quite a premium for fall detection.  It will run you $240 more per year than a traditional medical alert system.  IF on-board fall detection thwarts a critical medical emergency however… It’s worth it every time (and twice on Sundays).

For the user on the go, Philips offers a mobile (cellular) medical alert option.  This system utilizes a pendant that’s connected to AT&T’s wireless network.  You’ll need to purchase the cellular based pendant (a one time expense of $149) and pay a premium monthly payment to Philips that starts at $54.95.  We like the cellular based medical alert systems, and the monthly fees will ratchet down once there are more options in the marketplace.

The Bottom Line: Philips Lifeline

We like Philips Lifeline and we recommend them.  They are a premium player in the medical alert system space, and they’ve grown into the largest provider of medical alert systems in the US.  We’ve had family members use Lifeline for extended periods of time, and can attest to the fact that the Lifeline call center staff is both understanding and patient.  At times, confused adults can get into a pattern of repeated button pushing (we certainly ran into this).  Each time our family member depressed their pendant alert button, they were treated with respect and understanding (or we would have switched providers).  This is the kind of thing that goes a long way for families in crisis.  We’ll continue to recommend Philips Lifeline as one of only a few Medical Alert System providers that The Senior List will endorse.

If you’ve used the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Systems or know someone who has, please give us your opinion in the comment section below!

Exciting New Senior Care Companies Emerge

seniorcaretechnology 150x150 Exciting New Senior Care Companies EmergeWe live in a very exciting time for senior care.  The combination of a quickly aging population, robust purchasing power, innovative technology and venture capitalists wanting in on the action is a recipe for some incredibly useful tools for older adults and caregivers alike.  A plethora of emerging companies have been welcomed by Aging2.0, a program designed to nurture and accelerate a select group of startups, and have our senses tingling with anticipation as well.  These companies have all been selected for the highly competitive Aging2.0 Academy where they will receive support, mentorship, and introductions to investors and customers to help them accomplish their goals.  Some of these companies are up and running, others are still in beta.  The future of senior care is here and we will be watching these emerging companies very closely.  Here are some of our favorites.

Caregiving/ Caremanagement

Care Monster is a caregiving app that supports family communication and encourages engagement when it comes to the care of a loved one.

CareMerge is a care coordination platform that forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment.

GeriJoy provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through senior care avatars; improving quality of care, increasing safety, and lowering cost.

Roobrik is an online decision tool that helps family caregivers make difficult health and care choices with clarity and confidence.

Fall Detection/ Prevention

Active Protective produces smart garments that reduce hip fractures in the elderly by deploying micro-airbags to protect the hip in the event of a fall.

WalkJoy is a wearable device which reduces falls for patients with peripheral neuropathy by restoring the sensory feedback loop. The WalkingHealth software provides objective gait analysis, fall risk prediction and functional outcome data to therapists.

Tablets and Phones

Breezie is a simplified, personalized tablet interface designed for seniors and those less familiar with technology.

Gociety creates software that simplifies the smart phones interface for older adults. Their products, GoLivePhone® and GoLiveAssist®, are easily accessible and highly affordable.

Senior Care Planning

Everplans is the first comprehensive digital planning platform that allows families to create, store and share essential end-of-life wishes and emergency plans.

Vynca is a digital health company that provides cloud-based software for Advance Care Planning.

Communication Devices

Smartstones is the world’s first wearable, sensorial communication device, which connects family members and friends through simple gesture-based messages. *As a mom and a family caregiver, I can’t wait for this one to go to market.*

We will be following these companies and will continue to provide updates on the products and services they offer.  In the meantime, if you have experience with any of these services or products, please let us know in the comments below.

For a complete list of companies selected for the Aging2.0 Academy, visit the Aging2.0 website.

5 Common Mistakes: Medical Alert Systems

The most common mistakes people make when purchasing a medical alert system are easily remedied with a little research.  Here are the top 5 mistakes we have identified, based on the feedback from our visitors who share their woes.

Buyer Beware: Do your research

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Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014

Our first holiday shopping guide for seniors includes a wide range of gift ideas for the special people in your life.  Whether it’s for a family member or a friend, we hope our holiday shopping guide will inspire and help you find the perfect gift!

For the Techy

AGreen600x500px large Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Bamboosa Lap Log- This hands-free tablet stand is a great gift idea for the senior who uses a tablet.  Made in the USA, the Lap Log is stylish, comfortable, and adjustable.  We wrote a review about it earlier this year. Cost:  Starts at $30

For the Vision Impaired

 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Pebble-HD and Pebble Mini- Portable Electronic Magnifier- A hand held magnifier that is easy to slip into a purse, pocket, or around the neck.  Adjustable magnification, high resolution LCD display, adjustable brightness, color selector for various vision conditions. Cost: $295 for mini, $599 for 4.3″.

 

 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Big Address Book For Seniors- Large print 8×10 address book, large font and easy to write in spaces.  Plenty of room for large addresses, phone numbers and emails. Paperback, Cost: New $9.95, Used available.

 

For the Grandparent

static.squarespace Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Grandbox- Monthly care package for an older loved one.  Each box is tailored to the receiver and includes personal hand-selected details.  Grandbox customers answer questions about their loved one and can include photos and letters to be included in the boxes as well. Cost: Boxes start at $33 month-to-month, $31.50 every three months, $30 every six months. Free shipping in the USA.

For the Nostalgic

autofill store hero final 120414 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014I think Photo Albums and Photo Books are a fantastic idea for gifts for seniors.  Photo Albums can be filled with photos, mementos, old post cards,   Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014and hand-written notes.  There are a plethora of photo book publishers online that allow you to build your own personal photo book, make one or several for the whole family.  In the past, we have used Costco, Snapfish, and Shutterfly for our own family memories. Cost: varies depending on number of pages and service used.

For the “Always Cold”

 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Brookstone Towel Warmer- Spacious fast-warming luxury towel warmer makes bath and shower time more pleasurable and less of a chore.  I think this is a great idea for seniors who may be bathing-adverse with colder temperatures in the bathroom.  Works for bath towels, robes, blankets, and could even be used for gloves, hats and socks!  Cost: $99 on Amazon, free shipping, same price on Brookstone, but shipping is additional.

Warming Blanket Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014- I found a huge variety of these on Amazon, who wouldn’t love a warm snuggly blanket to curl up with! Cost: $20-$150

For the Grandparent Who Has Everything

 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Parking Sign- What can I say, this thing is awesome.  Any grandfather (grandmother available too) will be proud to hang this in front of the house, driveway, or in the garage. Cost: $12 on Amazon ($6.27 for Prime)

Cafepress- customizable shirts, hats, mugs and home decor.  Another way to personalize a gift for a loved one without much cost involved.  Cost: depends on items, customizable and stock items available.

For the Book Reader with a Sense of Humor

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For Those At Risk For Falls

 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014QMedic- I recently reviewed this alert system and was very impressed by it.  In addition to the standard alert system functions of a press button and base-station speaker, this little device also tracks activity patterns and can send alerts to family or caregivers about unusual events.  Cost: $30/month, no long term contracts.

SeniorList Display Ad 150x150 Gifts for Seniors: Holiday Guide 2014Bay Medical Alarm- Pendant style alert system, they offer short-term agreements, there is no equipment to buy, their staff is attentive, the pendant is waterproof, the in-home range is as good as it gets, it’s easy to install, and if that wasn’t enough they offer free monitoring for a second pendant purchase (for spouse or roommate).  Cost: $27.95/month, $24.95/for quarterly contract, or $21.95/month for yearly contract.

Bay Medical has a cellular option (cost is about $10 more/month than landline system) that does not require a landline phone jack.  In addition to the landline and cellular alert in-home systems, Bay Medical offers a great GPS Medical Alert and Tracking System starting at $39.95 per month.

For Someone on a Fixed Income

Helping out with the Monthly Bills- While not the most exciting gift, relieving a monthly expense for a loved one can be an appreciated gift that keeps on giving.  Paying for a newspaper subscription, utility bill or other monthly reoccurring expense will not only alleviate some of the stress of living on a fixed budget, but will also allow a loved one to free up some cash for other uses.

If you have gift ideas for seniors that you would like to contribute, feel free to comment below!

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Just5 Cell Phone Reviews

If you’ve been searching for Just5 cell phone reviews, you’ve come to the right place.  We originally reviewed the Just5 cell phone For seniors back in 2011, and it looks like it’s changed a bit for the better.  We liked this cell phone for a lot of reasons, namely because it was simple, had big buttons and seemed to work quite well.  We were sent a model to play with, and subsequently gave it away to a lucky TSL community member during an on-site promotion.

Product Info: Just5 Cell Phone

  • Name:  Just5 (model CP09)
  • Offered By: Just5.com
  • Price:  $33 (EUR)
  • Carrier:  AT&T & T-Mobile
  • Monthly Rates:   AT&T or T-Mobile standard rates
  • Colors:  Orange, Red & White
  • Contracts or Cancellation Fees: None for phone.  Fees possible depending on carrier
  • Features:  Emergency call button, built-in flashlight, integrated fm radio, large buttons, loud speakerphone, easy to use.

Product Review: Just5 Cell Phone

The Just5 cell phone for seniors is a simple, easy to use phone with few frills.  It has huge buttons that are easy to read, has a built in flashlight (making it
useful when reading restaurants menus), has a small form factor, and works on common carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.  We never saw the utility of having an fm radio on board, but maybe they have customers that like this feature. As we noted in our earlier review of the Just5, this phone could make good sense for a young person as well.


If a cell phone (with an SOS button) is all you’re looking for, the Just5 would make good sense. When the SOS or medical alert button is depressed, it sends a text message to 5 preset numbers that the user inputs at set-up.  It then begins dialing the user’s emergency contacts until someone answers.  The phone is automatically placed in speakerphone mode after the SOS button is depressed.

The Just5 phone probably doesn’t make much sense for the user who wants to take, and share pictures.  You’d have a hard time taking pictures given there is no camera!  There isn’t enough real estate on the viewing area to see anything but a simple text, so it’s a moot point anyway.  What this phone does well is that it makes and receives phone calls, and operates as a remote medical alert system.

The Bottom Line:

This phone is for someone that wants a basic phone with a medical alert option.  For those purposes, this phone is a great option.  Everywhere we looked recently was out of stock on the Just5 model CP09, so you’ll have to look around to purchase it. Normally you can purchase this phone directly from Just5.com or any number of retail outlets like Best Buy, etc.  If you can’t find a Just5 phone, we have a similar suggestion for you.  A close cousin of the Just5 is the Snapfon ezTWO3G Senior Cell Phone, SIMPLE and Easy to Use, SOS Button, Hearing Aid Compatible, UNLOCKED GSM Just5 Cell Phone Reviews.

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Samsung Jitterbug 5 Review

Jitterbug 5 red Samsung Jitterbug 5 ReviewThe Samsung Jitterbug line has been around a long time, and we know this phone well.  The Senior List originally reviewed the Samsung Jitterbug J model back in 2010!  We’re happy to report that this phone has evolved and today it’s better than ever.  The Jitterbug line has been one of the most popular senior friendly phones on the market.  There was a famous slogan penned by an ad agency back in 1968, we think fits pretty well with our Samsung Jitterbug 5 Review… Jitterbug 5 – You’ve come a long way baby!

Product Info: Jitterbug 5

  • Name:  Jitterbug 5 Phone for Seniors
  • Offered by:  GreatCall
  • Price:  $99 MSRP
  • Monthly Rates: Start at $24.99 (includes 5Star Service)
  • Colors:  Red, White or Blue
  • Carrier:  Verizon
  • Contracts or Cancellation Fees: None
  • Features:  Simple clam shell design, big, easy-to-see buttons, powerful speakerphone, 5Star service button, long lasting battery, Big Red (Verizon Network)

Product Review: GreatCall’s Jitterbug 5

j5 white magenta e1416697285902 Samsung Jitterbug 5 ReviewThe Samsung Jitterbug 5 from GreatCall is one of the most recognizable senior friendly phones today.   Nicole Lee at Cnet said of the Samsung Jitterbug 5’s early cousins “The Samsung Jitterbug J is incredibly easy to use.  It has a bright display, large font size, a roomy keypad with big buttons, and even a dial tone to make it similar to a landline telephone“.  We love the large buttons, and the fact that it’s easy to recognize the emergency button (in red) which alerts GreatCall operators to an inquiry or an emergency.

Staff here at The Senior List have personally tested out “5Star” services at GreatCall’s call center.  These services include dispatching emergency services, connecting the user to a registered nurse, and even conferencing in an emergency contact like a son or daughter.  The operators are trained, and they’re some of the most professional we’ve dealt with.  Another thing that we love is their contract… You know why? There isn’t one!  If you’ve followed our medical alert system reviews, you probably know we don’t like the idea of folks entering into long-term service contracts that they are locked into.  If you’re ever in doubt, make sure you get this assurance in writing.  With GreatCall’s Jitterbug you don’t have to.

How Does 5Star Service Work?

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The Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a senior friendly cell phone the Samsung Jitterbug 5 from GreatCall is a can’t miss.  This isn’t just a cell phone though, it’s a cross between a phone and a medical alert system.  For this reason, The Senior List highly recommends this product.  The Jitterbug 5 remains our top choice in mobile phones for seniors because of it’s versatility, it’s value for money, and for top shelf service from GreatCall staff.

If you’ve used the Jitterbug 5 or know someone who has, please give us your opinion in the comment section below!

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QMedic Review: A smart medical alert system

QMedic1 QMedic Review: A smart medical alert systemThe QMedic Medical Alert System

QMedic offers a traditional PERS bracelet or pendant with a button to push when help is needed.  In addition to these features, QMedic also has some very smart sensing technology that we love.  The QMedic medical alert system will send text alerts to  loved ones/caregivers if the user is not wearing the device, fails to get out of bed or is inactive for an extended period of time.  Monthly Wellness Reports are also available to monitor activity, sleep, and  safety in the home.

What We Like: Waterproof, Smart sensing technology, inactivity alerts.  Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee. Affordable, no hidden fees, no contract. 800-1,000 ft range. Will notify users preferences in case of an emergency (911 or family/ friends). Monthly wellness reports.

What We Would Change: No GPS features, tethered to home land-line.

Recommend?: Absolutely.  We love that it’s waterproof and think the sensing technology is a huge step above traditional personal emergency response systems.  We would love to see a GPS enabled version of QMedic.

Where to Purchase: Currently, purchases must be made through the QMedic website.

Cost: $30 per month. No long term contract. No equipment purchase. Free Shipping, 30-day money back guarantee.

Excellent Service

We found the staff at QMedic very easy to work with.  This started in their marketing department and spread to the folks at the call center who wanted to make sure I was okay when I pushed the button (many times).

Great Speaker Range on the QMedic

What really impressed me was the range of the speaker on the base station throughout my home.  The call center and I played “can you hear me now?” on both levels of my home and we could still hear each other the whole time.  The base station speaker is really loud if you are in the same room, but perfect if a user needs help a distance away from the base station.

We will be adding QMedic to our “Favorites List”, if you have used QMedic and have any feedback about your experience, we would love to hear about it below!

Glen Campbell’s Last Song

Glen Campbell Glen Campbells Last SongLegendary country singer Glen Campbell is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.  Diagnosed back in 2011, Glen Campbell set out with Kenny Rogers to plan one final international “Good Bye” tour which was stopped short in late 2012 because of complications.  It would have been the last leg of his international swing… But alas it was time to rest, and to fight his last battle on the home front.

Alzheimer’s Disease isn’t discriminatory.  It hits country stars, rock-n-roll stars, fathers and sons… sisters and mothers.  It’s the most common type of Dementia, affecting a staggering 5 million Americans today.  From als.org:  “An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. This includes an estimated 5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.”  Dementia recently reared its ugly head again recently with revelations that Robin Williams may have been suffering from Lewy Body Dementia.

The song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was written especially for Glen Campbell’s  recently released documentary called “I’ll Be Me” by PCH Films.  The lyrics are eerily poignant, and this piece will forever be known as Glen Campbell’s last song.


I’m still here, but yet I’m gone
I don’t play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you ’til the end

You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you
Not gonna miss you

I’m never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You’re never gonna see it in my eyes
It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry

I’m never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains

I’m not gonna miss you
I’m not gonna miss you

Lewy Body Dementia: What you need to know

TheAmazingBrain 150x150 Lewy Body Dementia: What you need to knowLewy Body Dementia has been in the spotlight recently with the news that Robin Williams had this common disease.  Lewy Body Dementia or LBD, affects more than 1.4 million people in the US and is one of the most common forms of dementia.  LBD is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.

Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia

LBD can be difficult to diagnose early and many practitioners are still unfamiliar with the disease.  This leads to a large number of under-diagnosis and mismanagement of medications and treatments that may be prescribed for Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s instead.  In the early stages, memory impairment may not be that noticeable and can easily be masked. Memory issues can easily change from day to day also making it hard for practitioners to establish a diagnosis.  People with LBD can have trouble sleeping and will often experience hallucinations.

The diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia is often confirmed after death.  LBD is indicated by protien deposits on the nerve cells of the brain.  An excellent resource for caregivers is the Lewey Body Demenita Association.  They offer a Lewy Body Dementia symptom checklist for patients, caregivers, and physicians and it is an excellent tool to start with if you or a loved one has concerns about the disease.

Is there a cure?

The short answer is “No”. But, the symptoms of LBD are treatable.  There are medications to treat the symptoms of the cognitive, behavioral, and movement problems that can accompany LBD.  Early diagnosis is the key because people with LBD can react differently to certain medications that are prescribed for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.   These medications can cause severe reactions in people with LBD and can sometimes be fatal.  Early diagnosis can also allow for other changes and modifications that can improve the quality of life for people with LBD.  Changes in diet, sleep habits, routine, and medications may allow for someone with LBD and their caregivers to effectively manage the symptoms and changes that take place with LBD.

If you or a loved one has Lewy Body Disease, you are not alone.  Find a local support group or join a virtual LBD support network to help you and your loved one.