Actor Kelsey Grammer speaks about Lewy body dementia
Posted Aug 22 2012 11:08am
Golden Globe® and Emmy® award winning actor Kelsey Grammer, star of the critically acclaimed STARZ Original series “Boss,” presents a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness about a degenerative brain disorder affecting 1.3 million Americans. See the PSA below.
Grammer portrays fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, who last season was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia (LBD) affecting more than 1.3 million Americans.
LBD affects almost everything about a person, including thinking, movement, and behavior. The disease also affects sleep and automated systems such as blood pressure and digestion; people with LBD can have severe medication sensitivities, especially certain tranquillizers.
Early diagnosis is critical and often involves a specialist, because some LBD symptoms resemble Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. People with LBD experience changes in memory or thinking that disrupt normal activities, plus varying combinations of other symptoms, such as slowness of movement, hallucinations, or disturbed sleep, such as physically acting out their dreams.
This October is Lewy body dementia awareness month. The Caregiver’s Voice is working with the Lewy Body Dementia Association to recognize an LBD Caregiver of the Month.
NOMINATE TCV’s LBD Caregiver of the Month of October (click on link).
Caregiver nominees this month must care for at least one person
with Lewy body dementia.
Self-nominations are welcome. Open to family and professional caregivers.
DUE 10 September, 2012.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting patients, their families and caregivers, and promoting scientific advances. Through outreach, education and research, LBDA supports those affected by Lewy body dementias.
The Caregiver’s Voice brings hope and strength to caregivers for adults with cognitive impairment through knowledge, support, resources, and humor.