Monica Vitti, the unforgettable Italian actress who died on February 2 this year in Rome, her city, remained in everyone’s hearts. Pseudonym of Maria Luisa Ceciarelli, Vitti retired from the stage due to the deterioration of her health.
The illness Monica Vitti suffered from made life difficult for her at the age of 90. The actress has worked with the greatest of cinema, from Michelangelo Antonioni to the great Alberto Sordi.
The great Monica Vitti, who died earlier this year at the age of 90, had long since left the scene and retired into private life for health reasons. The last apparitions that are remembered date back to 2002. Great restraint was always maintained about her health, and only a few months after her death, we became aware of the illness that had plagued her for years.
It’s called “Lewy body dementia” and according to medicine, it’s not a rare disease. In fact, it is the third most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. In Italy, about 1 million patients suffer from dementia, of which about 500,000 suffer from Alzheimer’s; Lewy body dementia affects over 100,000 people.
A disease that can be confused with Alzheimer’s
Like Alzheimer’s, Lewy body dementia is characterized by cognitive impairment, but the differences between the latter and vascular dementia are many. Lewy dementia is characterized by impairment of memory, disorientation, and alternating confusion, in contrast to Alzheimer’s disease, which experiences a slow and progressive cognitive decline. Therefore, those suffering from Lewy dementia alternate moments of clarity with moments of confusion.
Lewy body dementia affects both men and women and most commonly affects people aged 65 and over. The main symptoms include loss of memory and attention, confusion, trouble sleeping, thinking, planning. But also difficulties in perceiving three-dimensional, visual and auditory hallucinations; Movement problems with slow and slouching gait, unsteady balance and limb tremors, difficulty chewing and swallowing are symptoms common to Parkinson’s disease.