A Daunting Path: Daughter Tells of Mother’s Dementia

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Author Elaine Pereira recounts love, confusion, frustration during slow decline in new book

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With this book, I hope to share lessons I’ve learned with others also wandering aimlessly, trying to make sense when really there isn’t any.

Nursing home antics aside, the effects of dementia can weigh heavily on patients, their families and the people that help them.

Elaine Pereira tells her mother’s story in her new book, "I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia" (published by iUniverse). The book features Pereira’s experiences as the sole guardian of a mother with a slowly weakening memory. Coupled with Pereira’s vignettes are practical tips for readers in similar situations.

“Despite a strong medical background, I lived in denial, disbelief and ignorance about mom’s memory decline for too long,” Pereira says. “With this book, I hope to share lessons I’ve learned with others also wandering aimlessly, trying to make sense when really there isn’t any.”

Although a serious subject, Pereira also tells of funny encounters during her mother’s disease, such as seemingly impossible assisted living escapes and comical family visits. Beneath it all, “I Will Never Forget” tells the story of an extraordinary woman on a path that many fear--the slow decline of personality and memory due to dementia.

“My mom survived the untimely deaths of my two brothers and my father with such grace and determination,” Pereira says. “I had a great childhood mostly because of her. We did endless things together.

“She was a great mom, not unlike other great moms, but she was mine.”

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I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia
By Elaine Pereira
ISBN: 978-1-4759-0690-5
Paperback, retail price: $20.95
Hardcover, retail price: $30.95
E-book price: $3.99

About the author
Elaine Pereira worked as a school occupational therapist for more than 30 years before her retirement in June 2010. When she isn’t writing, Elaine enjoys golf, gardening, cooking and exploring new restaurants with unique culinary options. She lives in New Boston, Michigan, with her husband and family.
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