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This subject of this book is something we don’t like to think of dementia of a loved one.
This book is a very candid look into the life of Elanie and her mom. I can only imagine how hard it is to watch your beautiful caring mother, essentially turn back into a child right before your eyes.
We all know about dementia but we don’t often hear how it effects the family of the patient. I can’t even begin to imagine all the different emotions that are involved.
I loved the way Elanie wrote the book. Elaine alternated between present day, and stories from when she was growing up. I felt like I was a part of her life while reading.
I loved this book and I highly recommend it if you know someone that has/had dementia. I give it a 5 out of 5.
I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author’s talented mother’s poignant and humorous journey through Dementia. From superb stories of Elaine’s childhood, her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons, the feisty teenage years and a near paralyzing accident, 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 initially appreciate the extent of Betty’s mental decline. Her mother’s 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 one-way journey through Alzheimer’s mystifying haze. Elaine cherishes her mother’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. The author 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.”
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