I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia.
Elaine C. Pereira
File Size: 435 KB
Print Length: 257 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: iUniverse (January 20, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
In the words of the author, “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.”
This is the story that Pereira does tell, and it is wonderful that she had such a close relationship with her mother and was able to help her in her declining years. Other women who are in similar circumstances – caring for a parent with dementia – will be able to relate and learn from example how best to deal with the challenges. There are many.
One of the messages that comes across strong in the book is the importance of treating the person with dementia with respect. It takes a great deal of patience to maintain that respect when dealing with the frustrations and fears that come with caring for someone who is slowly losing mental faculties. Pereira managed to hang on to patience and love, and she shared a lovely poem at the end that is comforting to those who think they have lost their parent even before he or she is gone. My father had severe dementia before he died, and it would have been nice to know he still loved me at the end.
I struggled a bit with the writing, however. The story was not told in a linear timeline, so it was a bit confusing to jump around in time. I also thought the story strayed away from Mom for too long in places. The incidents – like her son’s fight with cancer – were important, but the telling of that could have been condensed and more focused on how that impacted Mom.
The best parts were the scenes with Mom, when the reader got to experience her humor and her steadfastness. That is where the emotional connection between author and reader was made, and I got a real sense of the “heart” of this story.
Elaine will be my guest this coming Wednesday with a fun “mock” interview with her mother. I do hope you can stop by and get to know a bit more about Elaine and her mother, Betty Ward.
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