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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Book Review - I Will Never Forget-A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Arduous And Humorous Journey Through Dementia by Elaine C. Pereira


Book Review
I Will Never Forget - A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Arduous And Humorous Journey Through Dementia 
by Elaine C. Pereira

Book Description
I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author’s talented mother’s poignant and humorous journey through Dementia. From superb stories of Elaine's childhood, her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons, the feisty teenage years and a near paralyzing accident, her mother Betty Ward’s wonderful character is revealed.

Over time, as their relationship evolves and a new paradigm is formed, Betty begins to exhibit goofy actions, uncharacteristic verbal assaults and bizarre thinking. Although clearly mystified by her mother’s irrational behaviors, Elaine does not initially appreciate the extent of Betty’s mental decline. Her mother’s amazing ability to mask the truth clouds Elaine’s vision and prolongs her denial until one cataclysmic explosion of reality over an innocuous drapery rod launches a waterfall of destructive events.

As her mother’s brilliant mind is steadily destroyed by Dementia’s insatiable appetite for brain cells, Elaine accompanies her mother on her one-way journey through Alzheimer’s mystifying haze. Elaine cherishes her mother’s fascinating visions of her own mother, masterful Houdini-like disappearances and finally a stunning rally to take control of her own destiny.

I Will Never Forget is a heartwarming, humorous, honest and deeply moving story pertinent to everyone touched by the insidious effects of Dementia. Learn from Elaine's unwitting mistakes as she weaves her way through her mother’s unpredictable disease to capture insightful and effective intervention strategies.

The author donates a portion of every book sold to Alzheimer's research "in part so that my daughter's don't have to write a book about me one day."

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About the Author

Elaine C. Pereira is a retired school occupational therapist who worked with special needs children. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Wayne State University and later completed her master’s degree. She also has completed courses as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Caregiver, CDP. CDC.

Elaine and her husband Joseph live in southeastern Michigan with their cat, Snoopy, and two big dogs, Bailey and Maddee. Together they have five adult children; Joe’s three sons and Elaine’s twin daughters, five young grandchildren and a teenage granddaughter. Life is good again.

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"She was a kind, brilliant and talented person all of her life until Alzheimer's took hold leaving an agitated, bewildered and compromised woman in its wake. I was NOT the easy kid to raise, that would have been my brother. But after a decade of great personal sacrifice and unspeakable losses, Mom started her descent into dementia. I stepped up as she slid down, grateful to give back to the woman who once gave so much!" - author Elaine C Pereira

Our Book Review
A rather touching and emotional read, topped with loving humour as you follow the author, Elaine, and her 'mom', Betty, through the heartbreaking decline of Dementia.  Immediately you are aware of the beautiful close bond of mother and daughter through childhood and family memories, past events and tender moments experienced through the illness.  I especially felt that the support from the Elaine's husband, Joe, was paramount in aiding Elaine through such a turmoil.

You will find yourself feeling the emotions, enjoying the lighter moments, understanding Elaine's concerns and her mom's struggles, as well as laughing through the stories and the newly acquired 'escape artist' skills and for me especially at the end filling with tears. 

This isn't just a memoir, a tribute to her mom, it's a major insight into how Dementia can begin, how it starts to slowly win the battle and unbelievably takes away the mind of your loved one.  Highlighting the issues she experienced along the way, in a soft yet informative way, the author brings awareness of having to deal with Dementia, caring for someone with Dementia and the tough decisions on finding the suitable choices of care as well as accepting the professional advice offered even though it's hard.

Elaine is extremely honest about the tell tale signs she could have picked up on earlier, but in hindsight this is the case of many illnesses. The early warning signs appear yet sometimes they are far too easy to overlook or to put them down to something else, especially if the patient is trying to mask the illness to protect loved ones from the true reality. The actual acceptance can be just far too great for both patient and carer.

A tremendous loving tribute of her Mom's Dementia journey, sharing her insights to those who may be in a similar situation.   Be ready for joy, happiness, sadness, loss and shock in this wonderful read.

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  1. Aww this sounds like a lovely read. I was just saying to Nathan that I never get the time to sit down with a good book anymore :( I think I've read just one since having Oscar!!

    Louise x

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  2. Wow, that's a tough journey that I hope I won't have to do. This sounds like a great book.

  3. I work in a long term care facility and this hits strong for me. I love the story idea. I'll have to read and share the book with others.

  4. I remember when my Grandma was alive, she had dementia. It is quite a ride indeed.

  5. This sounds like a tough but essential read x

  6. This sounds like an amazing read and I would be able to relate because my mom has signs of this too.

  7. Great review. Not a book I would normally choose to read but looks interesting. Thanks for sharing popping over from


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