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June 2013 Newsletter

How Can You Create Lewy Body Dementia Awareness in Your Community?

Make October “A Month to Remember” by creating Lewy body dementia (LBD) awareness in your community for LBD Awareness Month! Volunteers across the country will be "Standing Strong with LBDA!” There are four easy ways to get involved:

  1. LBD Flower Day on October 6
  2. Distribute materials to physicians
  3. Host your own event
  4. Tell your story to local media and government

Will you Stand Strong with LBDA? Learn more and register to volunteer today!

Webinar: Easy Ways to Raise LBD Awareness

Want to raise LBD awareness, but need ideas on how to get started? Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 19, from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT on how to create LBD awareness in your community for October LBD Awareness Month. You can create LBD awareness by doing something as small as passing on the message on social media to participating in LBD Flower Day on October 6th. Find out more at this informative webinar. Register today!

Seven Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

When we accept the responsibility of caring for someone with LBD, most of us underestimate the emotional toll we will feel. And we wonder if our conflicting emotions are normal, or if there is something wrong with us. Caring.com’s new article defines seven common, painful caregiver emotions and what we can do about them.

Read more at Caring.com.

LBD Story: Grandma Evelyn’s Mice

Laurie’s mother, Evelyn, saw mice everywhere. They were in the hall or the garage, in the sink drain, running across the curtains, and they even left footprints on the couch. But Laurie never saw a single one. Read her LBD story and consider sharing your own LBD story on www.LBDstories.com.

Cancer Drug Prevents Build-up of Toxic Brain Protein in Parkinson’s Mouse Model

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have used tiny doses of a leukemia drug to halt accumulation of alpha-synuclein in the brains of mice. This finding provides the basis for clinical trials to study the effects in humans. Learn more.

After the Caregiving Ends

Family caregivers must juggle not just a wide variety of responsibilities, but strong and sometimes conflicting emotions as well. And when the time of caregiving ends with the death of their loved one, there is a period of readjustment and healing that must take place.

Read more about the emotional transitions that may be experienced after the caregiver’s role ends.