Former Utah Jazz Coach Diagnosed with LBD

Local LBD support group member Scott pointed out this recent article to me. It’s an article from the Salt Lake Tribune about former Utah Jazz basketball coach Jerry Sloan being diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. As Scott said, it’s a courageous person to state publicly he/she has LBD.

I’ve listed a link to the full article below along with a companion article about diagnosing LBD.

Utah Jazz: Jerry Sloan suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and a form of dementia
By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake Tribune    
First Published Apr 06 2016 03:30PM
Last Updated Apr 09 2016 05:39 pm

See http://www.sltrib.com/home/3743576-155/utah-jazz-jerry-sloan-suffering-parkinsons?fullpage=1  

The companion article states that “Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases appear to be linked, based on similar evidence seen in the brains of patients, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.” There is NOT similar evidence seen in the brains of those with LBD and AD. Often they co-occur but unless they occur, the brains are very different. I think the reporter misread what the Alzheimer’s Association’s website said about LBD.

Utah doctor: Diagnosing Parkinson’s, Lewy body dementia has improved, but cure remains out of reach
By Benjamin Wood
The Salt Lake Tribune 
First Published Apr 06 2016 08:24PM   
Last Updated Apr 09 2016 05:39 pm

See www.sltrib.com/home/3748688-155/utah-doctor-diagnosing-parkinsons-lewy-body

Robin