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

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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.

Paperback, 274 pages
Published December 29th 2014 by JACE Woods Press
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Feb 17, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing
This is a tender memoir of a daughter's helpless journey through her mother's dementia. While I usually expect memoirs that deal with subject matter such as this to start at the beginning of the problem and work their way straight forward to the end result, which of course is never happy, this book takes a different approach.

Elaine Pereira tells her own story and that of her mother through experiences of her own childhood and the more recent history of when her mother started showing signs of th
Nov 14, 2012 Pragya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 2012, review-request
I believe it is extremely difficult to write a book like this. Being so close to your loved one, watching them die and then to be able to pour it out into words needs extreme courage. Though it's beneficial and almost therapeutic to take it all out, it doesn't mean that it is easy. Hats off to Elaine for her courage and perseverance to follow through with this book.

I love the way this book has been compiled. It is not just about Dementia but so much more. It is about Betty Ward, the woman, the s
Feb 13, 2013 Grady rated it it was amazing
An ambiguous journey

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease and all the variations of the deterioration of brain activity and function are a topic of great interest at present: some are even suggesting that our dietary habits and our tendency toward sedentary lives are contributing to the growing incidence of the problem. But perhaps if more of us were more mindful of the early signs of diminishing cerebration, then steps could be taken to aid those who have begun that descent and possibly even slow th
Dec 23, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
An almost four. I was a goodreads first reads winner of the book "I will Never Forget:A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Ardous and Humerous Journey Through Dementia.
the Author Elaine c. Pereira. Devotes much of this book talking about her mother.Betty Ward. She goes back and forth in time. Part of the book is about Elaine growing up getting married having twins, getting married again, and her other family members, Her brother Jerry, mother, father and sister in law. some of the time growing up
Joseph McGarry
Jul 08, 2014 Joseph McGarry rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for this review.

I had an aunt who had Alzheimer's. She used to watch my brother and I while my mom was at work. My cousins started noticing small things that she was doing that didn't add up. She'd forget things too easily. They had to take her checkbook away and get her on direct deposit for Social Security, since she had forgotten to deposit some checks. They had paid $5000 for a hearing aid, but she didn't wear it, or wore it wit
K.E. Nowinsky
Jun 02, 2014 K.E. Nowinsky rated it really liked it
A Human Portrayal of Dementia

Originally I had an interest in reviewing I Will Never Forget because I had remembered family members suggesting that my grandmother had dementia before she passed a few years later.Within my own family, we also take any opportunity to tease my mother about having the beginning stages, because of her frequent memory loss. While I never really experienced dementia with my grandmother, to the degree that the author did with her mother, I have an all new respect for pe
Sharon Martin
Dec 14, 2015 Sharon Martin rated it it was amazing
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 t
Jun 02, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, e-book
I Will Never Forget by Elaine C. Pereira is a 2012 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a non-fiction account of a daughter's journey through dementia with her mother. Elaine details the first inklings she had that all was not as it should be with her mom to the days when it became apparent her mother needed assistance to the final times when her mom was suffering more bad days than good. Through out this Elaine sprinkles fond memories of her c
May 10, 2014 Savvy rated it really liked it
Elaine writes with loving compassion and gently pulls the reader into her world as she travels the derailed path of her mother's life coping with dementia.
It is a journey fraught with confusion, fear, and unexpected ordeals...but more strongly, the unwavering love for her mother.

Her writing is clear and crisp. She draws the reader into her story and the pace is just right. It is easy to feel like you know the whole family quite well as Ms. Pereira opens new doors and explores and explains some o
May 26, 2014 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenna by: Sharon Martin
This book is touching, honest, hilarious and tear-jerking all at the same time.
As someone who has worked on an EMI unit for elderly patients with mental illness I have experienced a lot of what Elaine describes, what I've never experienced however, are the emotions that she goes through in sharing her mother's journey and oh my goodness she carries you along with her.
Elaine's writing style is beautiful without being over the top or condescending, she paints pictures with her words and you feel
Reading this book felt like listening to the memories of your friend. In this intense memoir, the author, Elaine, shares with you about her deceased mother. Her matter-of-fact way of writing is the main advantage to the novel. You do not exaggerate to your friend, when you speak about the memories of your mother, right?

This is a memoir from Elaine about her mother, Betty, who suffered with dementia. Elaine's memories go back and forth, when she describes her kind and energetic mother. She bring
Stephanie Wolf
Jan 13, 2013 Stephanie Wolf rated it it was amazing
“I Will Never Forget” is the true story of an aging woman with dementia, as told by her daughter.

Betty Ward was a strong woman. During her lifetime, she buried her infant son, her husband and her other son. Now her time was coming. Her daughter, Elaine, wrote this story very well. It is very difficult watching someone you love have their memory erased slowly. Luckily for Elaine, she had the wonderful support of her husband and family.

Some of her chapters start with Betty as a child, then the sam
Emory Daniels
Feb 08, 2013 Emory Daniels rated it it was amazing
Dementia Victimizes Family Members As Well As Its Victims

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
Jan 31, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
As I finished reading Elaine C. Pereira’s book, I Will Never Forget, I found myself sobbing. The sentiments she writes of in the poem at the end really describes so much of the experience she shared with her mom.

Please do not misunderstand my sobbing at the end of the book, because it is not a depressing tear-jerker. I cried because I am living some of the same scenes and I fully understand the up and down roller coaster of needing to know when to hold on and when to let go.

Betty Ward was a very
Mar 16, 2014 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
I Will Never Forget is Elaine Pereira’s beautiful yet heart-wrenching tribute to her mother. Never before have I read a memoir, and I was impressed with the light manner in which this story was written. Infused with humour, the author makes the most out of a difficult situation, making her book enjoyable to read despite the heartbreaking tale she tells. Keep a box of tissues handy – you’ll need them! I teared up many times while reading the author’s touching words, and was bawling when I read th ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it
This is a memoir of a woman whose mother suffered from dementia. Elaine honestly recalls her mother's downward spiral and the emotions that she experienced from her initial denial of exactly how bad her mother was to how this affected her and her family. This is a difficult situation to deal with and it was a blessing that Elaine's mother had the financial wherewithal to pay for a nice facility. I do wonder how those without money face the same situation.

The book gives you an inside look at how
RobinLeigh Morgan
Feb 13, 2016 RobinLeigh Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
I received an e-book version of this book from the author through a giveaway Marie Lavender had on her FaceBook Page and the following is my honest opinion.

Of one many genres of books which exist the most difficult to write are memoirs. The reason for this is quite simple; it’s the personal connection the author has for the subject matter. The subject matter is about a portion of the individual’s own life or that of a loved one, and of the two writing about a loved one is far more difficult due
Dec 10, 2015 Jay rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open heart.
This truly memorable account of a woman’s struggle with dementia and her daughters’ battle with the state of her mother slipping to the frailties of cruel misfortune. This is however a resourceful account for anyone poised with the same or similar conditions to face. Showing us how subtle slips or lapse in memory becomes the reality of it all. The emotional strength, personal balance and self-fortitude of the author Elaine Pereira allowed her to relive the clearly distressing and turbulent affai ...more
Sharlene Almond
Oct 21, 2015 Sharlene Almond rated it liked it
I Will Never Forget by Elain EC Pereira

The story tells of the true story of Elaine’s mother going through the trails of dementia. The true story outlines Elaine’s childhood experiences, loves and losses. Beginning with Elaine’s christmas experience. Not exactly sure where it is heading.

As time slowly progresses, and Elaine grows into a woman, her mother’s health slowly declines.
The characters go through their own trails, loves, illnesses, and losses.

The fascinating journey of mother and daughte
Aug 19, 2014 Wilhelmina rated it liked it
As a daughter of a mother with dementia, I feel this Elaine has gotten off "easy" in the world of dementia, but that certainly does not lessen the impact of her book, or the individual story of her mother. One of the smartest moves her parents made was to the retirement apartment....selling their home, and living in a situation where they probably had their apartment cleaned, meals in a dining area if they did not want to cook etc.....and in which they possibly could have hired privately for per ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
Copy received from Fire and Ice Book Tours for an honest review
Four stars
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This was a very sweet and beautiful memoire about a daughter’s quest to help her mother with dementia. I was instantly interested in this book because I really enjoy reading peoples story. I think there is always something important to learn. “I Will Never Forget” was a very beautiful/ sad /inspiring example of that type of book. I loved Elaine was so honest
Diane Coto
Jul 12, 2014 Diane Coto rated it really liked it
Diagnosed with dementia, Betty Ward meandered down that long road from coherent and logical thinking to complete and utter confusion. Her daughter, Elaine, accompanied her on that walk. As Elaine became Betty’s caregiver, roles became blurred and eventually reversed. Betty became more dependent and Elaine became more in charge and decisive. It’s not an easy journey. In fact, if we were given the option, we’d simply ‘opt out.’ It’s too hard.

Ms. Pereira began with the image of Betty Ward as her mo
Jun 09, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing
Dementia is something that touches close to home with me. Even though my family wanted to keep it a secret, we all knew that my grandmother suffered with this before she passed a year ago. Reading this book was a great reminder that people really do struggle with this ailment. I don’t like to call it a disease because I don’t think that dementia kills you. It hinders you from reality and the one that you should/could be living. I loved the way this story was told because it was like I was in the ...more
Margaret Loveday
Feb 17, 2015 Margaret Loveday rated it really liked it
In writing of her mother’s decline from the devastating effects of dementia, Elaine Pereira exposes her own personal journey and the realization of the love and support her mother has given her through her life.

It is definitely a memorial to Betty Wade’s stoic character and the love she had for her family, even though she had a life of loss and trauma.
This book was descriptive and well written even though the story line jumps from present to past and back; the reader is able to follow and keep
Kristin Scearce
Jul 29, 2014 Kristin Scearce rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Elaine and her mother have a special relationship, the kind every parent and child strive for. They have their ups and downs, but they both know the love and support of the other is there. That comes into play in a slow crawl towards dementia for Elaine's mother, Betty. First, it's the little things, but it slowly gets worse as time goes by, and Elaine has chronicled that journey, both for her mother as well as hersel
Rebecca Carter
Nov 01, 2014 Rebecca Carter rated it it was amazing
This book is a lovely tribute to the most important person in many of our lives, a mother. I was glad it didn't delve into the technical medical details of dementia, but only showed its effect on the person who suffered the with the disease, and how that, in turn, affected others. The author's portrayal of the debilitating and devastating effect of her mother Betty's dementia is even more poignant as she parallels it with the time when Betty functioned normally.

This brought back so many memorie
Ruth Hill
Jun 10, 2014 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, 2014-reads
When I discovered that this book is a memoir that deals with dementia, I knew I had to read this. My dad suffers from this condition himself, and it has been a difficult struggle for several years. However, once I began reading this book, I found out it was about so much more! Towards the end of the book, I told my mom about the tragedies the author had experienced in her family, and I told her I could not imagine having to go through all of that. This story was told with pathos, caring, love, a ...more
Michelle Silvestri-Oetinger
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I wanted to read this as our family has experienced the devastation of Alzheimer's/ dementia. Elaine Periera's account of her mother's disease process is spot on! I could see everything her mother experienced in the life of our loved ones. Reading the book was like talking to a friend who understood and felt your pain. I recommend her book highly.
Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
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Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I rarely read and review memoirs, but I chose to read and review this book after the author contacted me for a review because of the subject matter. I personally related to the topic, and felt it an appropriate book for me to review. In 2013, my father passed away after a long battle with vascular dementia. He was only 64.

I really enjoyed the author's writin
Oct 30, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Elaine C. Pereira did an excellent job with this poignant story of her mother's decline as a result of dementia. I watched my mother-in-law slip away and now my father-in-law really does not know where he is and has forgotten how to feed himself most of the time. Reading this book reminded me of what they were like before their minds were ravaged by this awful disease.

I Will Never Forget is a wonderful book for all family members to read. It helps to know you are not alone. What a wonderful daug
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