Lewy Body Dementia Treatment

Our approach

At the Memory Disorders Center at Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute, we are dedicated to diagnosing and treating symptoms of Lewy body dementia. Patients and families gain expert treatment with the utmost compassion, sensitivity and respect.

Through the Litwin-Zucker Research Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders, part of Northwell Health, scientists are involved in a variety of research projects to help improve the lives of individuals suffering from Lewy body dementia and other age-related memory loss and impairment disorders. 

Lewy body dementia treatment

There is no cure for Lewy body dementia. Treatment is focused on reducing the impact of symptoms. This may include:

  • Behavior and environment modification
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Aromatherapy

Medications may also be prescribed to treat some symptoms of Lewy body dementia, including:

  • Cholinesterase inhibitors – Alzheimer’s disease medications that increase the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • Parkinson’s disease medications – to reduce symptoms, such as slow movement and rigid muscles
  • Sleep medication – to reduce symptoms of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder. 

Lewy body dementia treatment risks

There may be symptoms to medications prescribed for the treatment of Lewy body dementia. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Excessive salivation
  • Excessive urination
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Sleepiness

Certain drugs can worsen symptoms of Lewy body dementia, such as those with anticholinergic properties and antipsychotic medications. 

What to expect after treatment

The progression of Lewy body dementia varies from person to person. Symptoms worsen over time, which can lead to complications, such as:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Depression
  • Risk of falling or injury
  • Worsening of tremors
  • Death