Author: Elaine C. Pereira
Review Source: Goodreads ARC
★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!
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.
So many are affected by Dementia, My Grandmother was one of those. I am so glad Elaine shared her mother’s story. I could relate as I look back on my Grandmother when she would misplace recipes, her handwriting changed to the point of shakiness and not being able to read it, she later couldn’t remember which medicine she had taken that morning, evening, or at bed time. I remember how it affected not only her, but the whole family.
One vivid memory was her getting so mad that “people” misplaced her keys, and her purse. She would get mad as a whistle. She would hunt all over the house, but then I would later find her purse, or keys still in the car (this was before we took those things away)
Elaine brings a new look on life, and her writing is smooth, before you know it you will be 100 pages in, and not even wanting to put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone, anywhere. You never know when Dementia could hit your family, as it did mine and Elaine’s.
About the Author: Amazon
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. Pereira and her husband live in southeastern Michigan with their cat, Snoopy, and two dogs, Bailey and Maddee.
Elaine C. Pereira is a licensed/registered Occupational Therapist who worked with special needs children as well as adult rehab and home care. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University and later completed her Master’s Degree. Elaine and her husband Joseph live in southeastern Michigan with their cat, Snoopy, and two dogs, Bailey and Maddee. Together they have five adult children, Joe’s three sons and Elaine’s twin daughters, and five young grandchildren.
Pereira was inspired to share her mother’s story in part to help others know they are not alone in their journey through Dementia. She donates a portion of book sale proceeds to Alzheimer’s research. Pereira has also completed courses a for Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Dementia Caregiver, CDP. CDC.
Disclosure: I won this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.