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Lewy Body Dementia and Receiving Social Security Disability

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One of the most distressing and disheartening things that you will ever hear is when the doctor tells you that your loved one has dementia. If this is the case, there are probably many questions that you have about this disorder. Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to disease or damage in the brain that is greater than what might be expected from normal aging. Cognitive function refers to how a person comes to interpret and know things. With dementia, the knowing or cognitive areas that can be affected include memory, attention, problem solving and language. In the later stages of dementia, people can often be disoriented in time (not knowing what day of the week, month or year it is).  They may also become disoriented in place and person (not knowing where they are or who they are). Lewy body dementia is a progressive brain disease that is closely related to both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It is characterized by the presence of Lewy bodies. These are clumps of alpha-synuclein and ubiquitin protein that are located in neurons in the brain. Lewy body dementia is known by several other names. It is also called dementia with Lewy bodies, diffuse Lewy body disease, senile dementia of Lewy type and cortical Lewy body disease. Lewy body dementia is one of the most common kinds of progressive dementia. It is estimated to affect 1.3 million people and their families in the United States. There are several different signs and symptoms that your loved one may have with Lewy body dementia. Some of these are: §  A progressive decline in cognitive function like memory loss, reduced attention span and confusion §  Having visual hallucinations that may consist of seeing people, animals, colors or shapes §  Problems with movement that include rigid muscles, a shuffling walk, slowed movement or tremors §  A sleep disorder that causes your loved one to physically act out their dreams when they are asleep §  Having delusions that may involve false ideas about a situation or another person §  Depression. You may have a loved one with Lewy body dementia. This disease and/or complications that have resulted from it may be why your loved one is disabled and unable to work. If this is true, you may need assistance with and for your loved one. You may need financial help. You may have decided to apply for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits on behalf of your loved one because of the disability caused by Lewy body dementia and/or complications that have resulted from this disease. Have you already done this, and your loved one was denied by the Social Security Administration? If you intend to appeal the denial on behalf of your loved one, consider this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at are approved more often that people who do not have a disability lawyer.