|The one book on Alzheimer's/Dementia |
that no one else could write!
My mother’s is a story that needed to be told and, as a tribute not only to her but also to everyone with a remarkable story, I did! 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.
The same woman who earned a BS in chemistry in 1945 post WWII, went on for her Master’s in Education and taught high school math for years, literally couldn’t add 2+2 in the end. She was a great mom not unlike all great moms except that she was mine.
In what would be her final months, as my mother continued her rapid descent into Dementia’s clutches, her once strong voice faded away. Our quiet visits together afforded me the opportunity to reflect on the vivacious life that defined her. I was determined that she would not be remembered as a withering mumbling older woman but as the strong, courageous and gifted lady who was my mom.
Like the Phoenix, from her ashes arose I Will Never Forget.
Fortuitously I retired as a school Occupational Therapist in 2010 as that turned out to be Mom’s year from hell. Her descent into Alzheimer’s was very rapid and she died in 2011. I was grateful to be able to give back to the woman who gave so much.
As an adult I earned my BS in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University and later my masters. My twin daughters were born 1978 thrusting me into the wonderful but challenging unchartered waters of motherhood. When my girls turned 13, my mother sent me a condolence card! Oh did I get it. My years of mouthy disrespect were about to come back and haunt me!
|Elaine C Pereira: Author, Speaker and “Caregiver Extraordinaire"|
The circle of life continues, doesn’t it?
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