Age is considered the greatest risk factor for Lewy body dementia. It is more likely to affect individuals over fifty years old. The average onset period is between fifty and eighty-five years old, with a progressional decline after the initial onset. However, some cases have reported the initial onset much earlier than fifty years old.
One study showed a significant link between the initial onset and the severity of the disease. The study covered a sample of individuals with Lewy body dementia from early-onset (twenty-eight years old) to late-onset (eighty-nine years old). It found that individuals with an earlier onset of Lewy body dementia had a more aggressive form of the disease than those who had a later onset.
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