In her seventies, Peggy Bushy's mother, Francesca, started telling unbelievable stories. She claimed that people were invading her home and trying to kill her. She also became anxious and reclusive. For several discouraging years, Bushy searched in vain for a reason for her mother's behavior.
Finally, Francesca was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. Although it's the third-most-common cause of dementia, Bushy was unable to find much information on the disease, and the medical community was frustratingly unhelpful.
Lewy, Mom, and Me is the book that Bushy wished had been available when her mother was first diagnosed. It details her personal journey of discovery, with all its challenges and revelations, and is written in a compassionate, empathetic style that will comfort any reader dealing with a parent's decline.
Bushy explains how she learned to accept the changes in her mother and to support Francesca emotionally as she grappled with her frightening illness. She also describes what was involved in caring for her mother first at home, then in long-term care, and finally in hospice.
Part memoir and part survival guide, this compelling testimony offers support and information for family caregivers of aging parents.
Now retired, Peggy Bushy formerly worked in the field of religious education. She has a BA in psychology as well as an MS in education and allied professions.
When her mother developed Lewy body dementia, she found a distinct lack of knowledge and support from the medical community. Hoping to provide this support for others, she was inspired to write Lewy, Mom, and Me.
Bushy is the mother of three and the grandmother of four, with her fifth on the way, and she lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her husband, Tom.