XENIA — Dr. Edwin Kingsbury, a former pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and former Xenia Board of Education member, will speak about his experience loving and caring for his wife at a book signing 2-4 p.m. today at Blue Jacket Books, 30 S. Detroit St.
Dorothy Kingsbury, his wife, taught at Cox Elementary School in Xenia for many years. Upon learning she had dementia, in her case Alzheimer’s, she decided to write a book about her life before she couldn’t remember any more.
“Dorothy’s Song,” was published recently by Orange Frazier Press, is written from diaries Dorothy kept throughout her life, with the writing going back and forth from young Dorothy to prime years Dorothy, then finally ending with Dorothy descending into the disease as it affects her memory. Edwin takes over by editing and keeping his promise to not change fundamentally anything she wrote, and he gives educational information at the end.
Kingsbury lived for some time with his wife in a locked Alzheimer’s care unit at a local care facility, and the writing reflects his love for and his devotion to his wife as she goes from suspecting memory problems to a diagnosis and urgency to tell her story.
That story is often brutal, frank and honest.
Dr. Kingsbury will speak and read from sections of the book, and will offer suggestions and resources for other caregivers.
The talk is free and open to the public. The books are $14.95 and for sale at Blue Jacket Books. For questions, call Blue Jacket Books 937-376-3522.