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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: October 5, 2018 12:26 PM
From: Senator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Designating October as Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution recognizing the month of October as “Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month”.

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a chronic, progressive, neurological disorder affecting thinking, movement, behavior and sleep. It is estimated that more than 1.4 million Americans are affected by LBD, making it the second most common form of progressive dementia second only to Alzheimer’s disease in prevalence.

The most common symptoms of LBD include problems with memory and thinking, hallucinations, unpredictable changes in concentration and attention, a sleep disorder causing people to seemingly act out their dreams and Parkinson-like symptoms, such as muscle rigidity or stiffness, a shuffling gait, tremors or slowness of movement.

Given the unfamiliarity, even among the medical community, this disease often goes misdiagnosed. Early and accurate diagnosis of LBD is essential because some medications prescribed regularly for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease can have serious negative effects on people with LBD. There is currently no cure, therapy or drug to slow or halt its progression. Therefore, I ask you to please join me in cosponsoring this important resolution to increase public awareness.

Introduced as SR469