Within a few years, Elaine Pereira dealt with the premature deaths of her sister-in-law, father, brother and the rapid decline of her mother. The most difficult challenge of these life-changing events was accompanying her mom through her struggle with and eventual surrender to Alzheimer’s. These experiences, both tragic and funny and lessons learned during this compassionate journey led Pereira to write the exquisite and revealing memoir I Will Never Forget. Others facing the same challenges will benefit from the insights Pereira shares.
A native of Kalamazoo, Elaine and husband Joseph live in SE Michigan with their two big dogs and two new cats. Together they have five adult children and five young grandchildren. Pereira earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Masters from Wayne State University. Her professional career as an OT was with special needs children and adult home care. She also holds certificates as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Caregiver.