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I Will Never Forget by Elaine C. Pereira Aging Memoir Book Tour/Giveaway & Guest Post

Virtual Book Tour Dates: 6/23/14 – 7/21/14

Genres:  Non-Fiction; Memoir; Aging

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 superb stories of Elaine’s childhood, from her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons and the feisty teenage years, her mother Betty Ward’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 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, humorous, 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.
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Chapter 28: The Ugly Truth:

But as the adult, the nebulous abyss of being a parent to your parent is a delicate responsibility. Balancing respect and autonomy and naturally expecting them to be accurate when they tell you, I’ll be fine is a daunting challenge. Somewhere deep down, you know it’s not true. They are no longer fine.

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Elaine Pereira retired as a school Occupational Therapist with more than 30 years experience in pediatrics and a decade in adult home care. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University in OT and her Master’s in Liberal Arts. Pereira maintains her OT licensure and holds Certifications as a Dementia Caregiver and Practitioner. She and her husband Joseph live in southeastern Michigan with their two big dogs Bailey and Maddee and Snoopy the cat. Together they have five adult children, Elaine’s twin daughters and Joe’s three sons and five grandchildren.
I Will Never Forget-A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia is Elaine’s first book, a memoir in tribute to her amazingly talented mother. Pereira writes for, Alzheimer’s Reading Room, Endear For Alzheimer’s and a variety of guest blog posts. She has been featured in four television spots, Fox 2 Detroit, Living Dayton and Fox 45 Dayton and The Best of Aging magazine, April 2013 edition.
Her hobbies include golf, sewing, hand-craft projects and gardening. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and world wide including Europe; Madeira, Portugal; Australia; Seoul and Hong Kong.
Now she networks extensively to advance Alzheimer’s awareness and donates from each book sold to Alzheimer’s research.

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Guest Post by Elaine C. Pereira:

Welcome Readers,

Thank you for your interest in me, Elaine Pereira, and my memoir I Will Never Forget.

My mother’s was a story that needed to be told and in tribute to her and others who also have incredible journeys especially through Dementia, I did.

Born Elizabeth Ann Oberle in Lafayette Indiana, Mom was the fourth of six children. She was five years old when The Great Depression hit, thrusting hers and all families into financial chaos. No doubt it was their strong Catholic faith and my grandparents creative resiliency that pulled them trough.

Decades later my parents, but especially Mom, practiced the hard learned Depression survival lessons of recycle, reduce and reuse. What has resurfaced today as a new socially responsible practice was born out of need decades earlier.

From I Will Never Forget

There were three baskets—actually, a wastepaper basket, a metal bin, and a paper bag—in which items were to be disposed of, sorted into garbage, trash, and waste…

I got the distinctions among paper, glass, and recyclable plastic, but my mom’s system would have stymied even Webster. Paper didn’t actually go into the wastepaper basket; it went in the paper bag. Used Kleenexes, for example, went into the wastepaper basket, but scrap paper didn’t. Food scraps such as banana peels and apple cores went into the garbage bin, but since it was outside, they went into a basket inside first. It was confusing, but global warming is not my mom’s fault.

Wicked Alzheimer’s

As my mother was spiraling deeper under Alzheimer’s deadly control, “her mind chipped and chiseled away (by dementia’s) insatiable appetite for brain cells” I reflected on her amazing life and stellar accomplishments. Without fanfare she had attained some of the most remarkable achievements in life.

Mom earned a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, a remarkable success for anyone, but especially notable as a woman and in the shadows of post World War II 1945. As single women she and a girlfriend uprooted from Lafayette, IN to Kalamazoo, MI to work for Upjohn Co. She met my dad on a blind date; they married and had three children. Mom went back for her Masters in education and taught high school math including calculus!

Post retirement she doted on my kids, her granddaughters. Very petite she never had a powerful golf swing but learned how to master a deadly accurate short game, techniques I use today that I learned from her.

I inherited her drive to be the best you can, but not her patience and kind demeanor; those improvements in my personality I have had to work on, like really hard and I still am.

In every sense of the word, Mom was a Christian. She always made room for another’s point of view even if she didn’t agree with it. She embraced that her kids live their own lives; make and take responsibility for their own mistakes and successes!

I was not the easy kid to raise; that would have been my brother. But as Mom slid down, I gratefullystepped up to give back to the woman who gave so much!

I hope you enjoy I Will Never Forget, a multi-award winning and best selling memoir. Despite the subject, it is not morose, but a story of love that “reads more like a novel”.

I keeping with my Mom’s wishes that her private life not be disclosed unless it is to help others, I donate from every book sold to Alzheimer’s Association local programs and research.

Help Me Help Others. Buy a Book!

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