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

Elaine C. Pereira

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Synopsis: 2013 Winner in the The Aging Category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards; indieexcellence.comOct. 2013 Honorable Mention in Reader's Favorite Contest in Memoirs.
Aug 2013 Bronze Winner in Global EBook Awards, Aging Category.
2013 LuckyCinda Book Publishing Contest.
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.

I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author's talented mother's poignant and often humorous journey through the mystifying haze of Dementia. Through entertaining anecdotes of the author Elaine's childhood, from her controversial name, tales of smoking' dragons, the feisty teenage years and a near paralyzing accident her mother, Betty'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 appreciate the extent of her Betty's mental decline.  Her 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 journey.  She witnesses Betty'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, funny, 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.

From the Author: From the author, Elaine Pereira:   The impetus for writing the book:
My mother's is a story that needed to be told.  She was a kind, brilliant and talented woman all of my life until Dementia took hold distorting her persona and leaving an agitated, bewildered and compromised person in its wake.
In the shadows of WWII, during an era when very few women attended college, my trailblazing mother earned her Bachelor's Degree in chemistry and later on acquired a Master's in Education.  

Many years later, though, after experiencing a decade of unspeakable tragedies, Mom began to exhibit uncharacteristic and disconcerting changes in her personality.  Episodes of irrational behaviors, paranoia, flashes of hostility and illogical thinking, replaced her formally patient, bright, organized and articulate essence. 

In what would be her final months, as my mother continued her rapid descent into Dementia's clutches, her once strong voice faded away.   Our quiet visits together afforded me the opportunity to reflect on the vivacious life that defined her.  I was determined that she would not be remembered as a withering mumbling older woman but as the strong, courageous and gifted lady who was my mom.

I am humbled and honored to have been able to give back to the woman who gave so much and blessed to have many great friends and family who supported me in my endeavor to write I Will Never Forget.

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