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 ...
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.
Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 274 p. Contains: Illustrations, black & white.
Be ready for joy, happiness, sadness, loss and sho
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.
Feb 8, 2013
Dementia Victimizes Family Members As Well As Its
Author Elaine Pereira is entirely correct ? there are some things we will never forget as special sets of circumstances will remain with us forever.
For Pereira, those memories etched in memory, relate to caring for her mother as she is ravaged by the effects of dementia. Those permanent memories are shared in her book, ?I Will Never Forget: A Daughter?s Story of Her Mother?s Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia.?
There are several humorous incidents shared in ?I Will Never Forget,? but there are also many moving and poignant accounts of the painstaking role of being a caretaker for your mother who increasingly forgets who your area. Those who have undertaken the role of caretaker for an aging loved one knows how emotional draining that experience is as well as being rewarding once in a while. But in the end, which always comes, there is no regret.
?In I Will Never Forget?, Elaine Pereira gives a lot of very helpful advice based on lessons she learned while caring for her mother. And so the book becomes therapeutic, instructional, and informational as well as being a highly moving personal account of how dementia corrals victims like a rancher corrals horses.
Even if you have not undertaken the care of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer?s, chances are great you will if you outlive your parents, siblings, relatives or close friends. Between then and now would be an opportune time to read ?I Will Never Forget?. I recommend you do.
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