According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Lewy body dementia affects more than 1 million individuals in the United States. A lot of new cases are identified over a specific period, but it is widely accepted to be highly underdiagnosed and is the most frequently misdiagnosed form of dementia. On this episode of Caregiver Stories, Kimberly D. Scott, interviews Peggy Bushy author of Lewy, Mom and Me.
Peggy shared her share of struggle when her mom was affected with one. Her mother was around 50 years old when she started hallucinating. She would tell wild stories that became so vivid, she would say there were men in her bed. Peggy did not know what was going on. At first, she thought she had elderly schizophrenia but when her cousin told her to search Lewy body dementia, she knew that it matches with what her mother has. So she made an appointment to have her checked. She tried to tell her mother’s primary care doctor about what she suspected, but she was just told that her mother was fine. After jumping from one appointment to another and not getting any help at all, Peggy decided to join a support group. This was where she met the person who recommended a neurologist who finally was able to diagnose her mother correctly. This took her about six months after to get her properly diagnosed and put her mother on medication.
Listen to the whole interview for Peggy and Kimberly discussed a handful of information that will help you and anybody close to you to know more about Lewy body dementia. Don’t forget to share this information with your social media accounts to raise awareness. A small click of the share button can go a long away. Learn more about Peggy: https://peggybushy.com/
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