I Will Never Forget

I Will Never Forget : A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia

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Winner in the The Aging Category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards; www.indieexcellence.com 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 137.16 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Bloomington IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1475906900
  • 9781475906905
  • 2,634,337

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This book dives into the life of Betty Ward told from the perspective of her daughter Elaine. Elaine bounces back and forth between different years showing the independent and strong woman she knew her mother to be before dementia took over. Elaine is an extremely strong person, like her mother, to be able to not only handle watching her mother turn into a stranger, but being able to write about it and include some quite humorous parts. Don't think this book is all gloom and doom ending with the inevitable, this is a book that truly shows the mother Elaine knew best and all the memorable parts that she experienced throughout their lives. Elaine writes a great book, I felt like I could relate to a lot of the memories she had with her mother. You don't have to have experience with dementia to enjoy this book. You can really feel each emotion that Elaine experienced, from joyous moments to the hard times, and everything in between. I took great pleasure in reading this book, and I fully sympathize with Elaine and her family. She handled such an intense and stressful time in her life with such grace. Pick this book up if you enjoy a heartfelt story with a strong female lead. I give this book 5/5.show more
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