"...misdiagnosis can be potentially fatal as patients with Lewy Body Dementia can have severe reactions to commonly prescribed anti-psychotic medications..." - JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education
Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) July 29, 2013
Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida and nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, announce the release of a Lewy Body Dementia Caregiving DVD.
Lewy Body Dementia is the second most prevalent form of dementia after Alzheimer’s, yet it is missed as a diagnosis in over 50 percent of cases. The program, titled “Lewy Body Dementia: It Isn’t Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s – What Everyone Needs to Know,” educates caregivers about the intricacies of this particularly challenging type of dementia and provides hands-on tips and techniques to positively affect a patient’s life.
“Physicians are often not aware of this fairly common type of dementia, but misdiagnosis can be potentially fatal as patients with Lewy Body Dementia can have severe reactions to commonly prescribed anti-psychotic medications. Educating the public and caregivers is vital to protecting those affected,” Mrs. JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education at Pines, explains.
For more information and video excerpts, please visit http://pinesofsarasota.org/lewybody.
About Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida: The Pines Education Institute of S.W. Florida, the not-for-profit educational department of Pines of Sarasota, provides cutting-edge, specialized education, outreach programs, support, resources and counseling to family members and geriatric caregivers. For more information, visit http://www.pinesofsarasota.org.
About Teepa Snow: Teepa Snow is a dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families privately. As a certified Occupational Therapist, Teepa has the unique medical perspective on how the brain controls our body and our behaviors giving her the perfect medical degree to explain how a brain disease like dementia affects a person. Teepa Snow is a dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families privately. For more information, visit http://www.teepasnow.com.