In this condition, protein deposits of Alpha-synuclein called lewy bodies develop in nerve cells in brain regions involved in memory, reasoning, perception, thinking, behavior and movement. Many people with DLB experience movement symptoms such as hunched posture, rigid muscles, shuffling walk and trouble initiating movement. Lewy body dementia is the second most common kind of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease that gradually causes decline in mental ability. It may sometimes causes visual hallucination and unusual behaviors such as having conversations with deceased loved ones. It sometimes exists in pure form, or with other brain changes, including those commonly observed in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Lewy body dementia signs and symptoms may include: Changes in thinking and reasoning, Confusion and alertness that varies significantly from one time of day to another or from one day to the next, Parkinson's symptoms, such as a hunched posture, balance problems and rigid muscles, Visual hallucinations, Delusions.