Featured Book: I Will Never Forget by Elaine Pereira


I will Never Forget, An Amazon Best Selling Book

    I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia.

    It is painfully difficult to watch loved ones decline as dementia ravages their mind, destroying memories, rational thinking, and judgment. In her touching memoir, I Will Never Forget, Elaine Pereira shares the heartbreaking and humorous story of her mother’s incredible journey through dementia. Pereira begins with entertaining glimpses into her own childhood and feisty teenage years, demonstrating her mother’s strength of character. Years later, as Betty Ward started to exhibit bizarre behaviors and paranoia, Pereira was mystified by her mom’s amazing ability to mask the truth. Not until a revealing incident over an innocuous drapery rod did Pereira recognize the extent of her mother’s Alzheimer’s. As their roles shifted and a new paradigm emerged, Pereira transformed into a caregiver, blindly navigating dementia’s unpredictable haze. But before Betty’s passing, she orchestrated a stunning rally to control her own destiny via a masterful, Houdini-like escape.

    I Will Never Forget is a powerful heartwarming story that helps others know that they are not alone in their journey.



What people are saying about I Will Never Forget…


    “Poignant, shocking, and honest … far more than just words on paper. If you or someone you know is living through the hell of dementia, you need this book!”   – Ionia Martin, developer of Readful Things Reviews and Alzheimer’s caregiver


“Anyone who has had to deal with an aging parent with Alzheimer’s will appreciate I Will Never Forget, the story of one woman’s descent into the vicious disease of dementia. Told by her daughter Elaine Pereira, Betty Ward’s tale is both heart-wrenching and humorous…

…Just as her mother carried herself with grace and poise, so does Pereira here… With her detailed and well-written retelling of her mother’s story, Pereira has delivered an insightful read for those taking similar journeys.” Blue Ink Review

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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.

About the author:

Elaine C. Pereira is a licensed Occupational Therapist who worked with special needs children as well as adult rehab and home care. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in OT from Wayne State University and later completed her Master’s. Pereira felt both compelled and inspired to share her mother’s story in part to help others know they are not alone in their journey through Dementia. In her words: “My mother’s is a story that needed to be told. 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!”

Pereira 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.”

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, and five young grandchildren.

You can learn more about Elaine Pereira and her book I Will Never Forget by visiting: www.IWillNeverForgetBook.com

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