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Moving Miss Peggy : A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation
by Robert Benson

Overview - When the vibrant, beloved Miss Peggy began the agonizing descent into the darkness of dementia, her family faced what an estimated 35.6 million people around the world live with each day. Moving Miss Peggy: A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation by Robert Benson is an intimate look at what dementia means for a family how do you organize your mother s new life, how do you move her from her cherished home how do you come to terms with the fact that the woman who, as Benson writes, once seemed to hold the whole world in her hands, now does not know the day of the week?  Read more...

 
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Overview
When the vibrant, beloved Miss Peggy began the agonizing descent into the darkness of dementia, her family faced what an estimated 35.6 million people around the world live with each day. Moving Miss Peggy: A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation by Robert Benson is an intimate look at what dementia means for a family how do you organize your mother s new life, how do you move her from her cherished home how do you come to terms with the fact that the woman who, as Benson writes, once seemed to hold the whole world in her hands, now does not know the day of the week? With his signature style, Benson s artistic touch lends a warmth and softness to a harsh reality in this powerful story."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426749575
  • ISBN-10: 1426749570
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 112


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
Books > Health & Fitness > Diseases - Alzheimer's & Dementia
Books > Family & Relationships > Life Stages - Later Years

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-04-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Through a lens of affection, admiration, and sadness, Benson (A Good Life) tells the story of his mother’s transition from an independent, adventurous, sharply funny woman to one whose fading cognitive abilities require her children to recognize and respond to her increasing needs. Childhood memories interweave with stories of the siblings’ growing awareness of their mother’s condition, more painful because “she knew better than any of us that there was a storm coming ashore, a storm that would wash away all of her memories.” Benson’s technique of writing alternately in first-person plural and second-person effectively conveys both the team spirit that develops between siblings who have equal love but different skills to offer, and their desire to honor their mother’s generous wish to share this story so others might benefit from the family’s experience. Benson’s short chapters of lyrical prose document, with occasional repetition, Miss Peggy’s decline, celebrate her life, and express gratitude for help received in providing for her safety and dignity. Families going through similar journeys will find both solace and guidance in these pages. (May)

 
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