I WILL NEVER FORGET:
A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia
Finalist in the Best New Non-Fiction category of the 2012 USA Book Award; USABookNews.com
Honorable Mention Finalist in Non-Fiction in the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival
It is extremely difficult to watch a loved one decline as dementia ravages his or her mind, robbing him or her of memory, thinking abilities, and judgment. In her touching memoir, I Will Never Forget, Elaine C. Pereira shares the sometimes heartbreaking and occasionally humorous story of her mother’s journey through dementia, as seen through the eyes of her little girl.
Pereira begins by offering entertaining glimpses into her own childhood and feisty teenage years. Through it all, Pereira shares how her mom’s unconditional love and creative parenting style helped mold an opinionated young woman into a resourceful adult who eventually would move mountains on her mother’s behalf. As Betty Ward slowly begins to wander down the dark and narrow corridors of Alzheimer’s, Pereira details her mother’s amazing ability to mask the truth until something as innocuous as a drapery rod suddenly launches a waterfall of events. As their roles shift and a new paradigm forms, Pereira transforms into a caregiver who blindly navigates dementia’s unpredictable haze while her mother orchestrates Houdini-like disappearances and surprisingly rallies to take charge of her own destiny.
I Will Never Forget shares a powerful, emotional story that can help people affected by dementia take comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
Winner for the 2013 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Aging Category
Occupational Therapist, Author
A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan Elaine
and her husband Joseph now live in South
Eastern Michigan. Together they have 5 adult
children and 6 grandchildren.
Pereira is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. For most of her professional career, she serviced special needs children in the school setting. She has also worked many years in Home Health Care, hospitals and in private practice. Pereira earned her BS in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University in 1974 and a Master of Arts in 1980
In addition to actually living the incredible drama and sometimes humorous journey with her mother through Dementia, Pereira is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Dementia Caregiver.
Years of travel opportunities have taken Pereira to Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, most of Europe, Israel, Canada and much of the United States. She enjoys golf, handcrafts, cooking, and gardening.
Author's Website: IWillNeverForgetBook.com
Betty Ward was a strong woman. During her lifetime, she buried her infant son, her husband and her other son. Now her time was coming. Her daughter, Elaine, wrote this story very well. It is very difficult watching someone you love have their memory erased slowly. Luckily for Elaine, she had the wonderful support of her husband and family.
Some of her chapters start with Betty as a child, then the same type of situation, but later on in life. Other chapters are pieces of childhood memories as told by some of Betty's friends. Everyone loved Betty, and she had a great network of doctors and professionals who cared for her and wanted the best treatment for her.
As someone who also had a family member with dementia, it can be very frustrating at times. You feel you are constantly repeating the same things over and over. You tend to ignore the early warning signs, even though others are giving you glimpses of what is happening when you are not around. You chalk things up to stress, aging and other factors of life.
Written through the eyes of her daughter, it is one person's journey through the good times and the bad. Hopefully you will find some humor along the difficult path, and know that you are not alone, others have gone through this terrible disease of the mind.
Great job to Pereira for sharing this lovely story. By letting her audience into this part of her life, she sets herself apart from other authors. She allows us to experience this wonderful journey that she went through and it's definitely one worth reading! I would recommend this book to any and everyone!"
-Tiffany L. Davis
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