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Book Review: I will never forget.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia by Elaine C. Pereira is an autobiographical book that describes with realistic tone the author’s experiences dealing with her mother’s Dementia.
It is a handy book for people who have members of their family suffering from this illness. It will help them better understand the nature of the condition and also prepare them for what is going to happen in the future.
The first chapters of the book is an alternation between the author’s past and future and the episodes are revolving around events that the author shared with her mother.
I liked that approach it is brilliant, by showing how her mother was in the past, a vibrant and dynamic woman, teaching mathematics and also how she ended up after the dementia kick in the writer made I even clearer of how the disease works.
I smiled when the author found the little bunny out in her yard and cried when her brother died of cancer. There were a plethora of emotions alternating all the time like life is anyway.
I felt towards the end a small sense of quit by the author for not detecting that her mother had dementia earlier. Considering all the factors, where her mother was living the frequency of the visits and other aspects, in my opinion, she detected it rather quick.
I think the author managed, despite the fact that it was her mother, to write an objective book that in my opinion is a textbook on how to spot people that suffering from dementia. Furthermore, the actions they need to do to help their friend or family member to live the remainder of their life’s in a quality status.
Overall a very informative book with humor and a range of other emotions and sensations that will keep you reading until you reach the end.

Andreas Michaelides

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