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  • Title: Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's
  • Author: Lauren Kessler
  • ISBN: 9780670038596
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One journalist s riveting and surprisingly hopeful in the trenches look at Alzheimer s, the disease that claimed her mother s life.Like many loved ones of Alzheimer s sufferers, Lauren Kessler was devastated by the ravaging disease that seemed to turn her mother into another person before claiming her life altogether To deal with the pain of her loss, and to better undeOne journalist s riveting and surprisingly hopeful in the trenches look at Alzheimer s, the disease that claimed her mother s life.Like many loved ones of Alzheimer s sufferers, Lauren Kessler was devastated by the ravaging disease that seemed to turn her mother into another person before claiming her life altogether To deal with the pain of her loss, and to better understand the confounding aspects of living with a disease that afflicts four and a half million people every year, Kessler enlisted as a caregiver at a facility she calls Maplewood Life inside the facility is exhausting and humbling, a microenvironment built upon the intense relationships between two groups of marginalized people the victims of Alzheimer s and the underpaid, overworked employees who care for them But what surprises Kessler than the disability and backbreaking work is the grace, humor, and unexpected humanity that are alive and well at Maplewood.Dancing with Rose is forceful and funny, clear eyed and compelling An intriguing narrative about the relationships and realities of end of life care, it stars an endearing cast of characters who give a human face to what has always been considered a dehumanizing condition Illuminating and beautifully written, Kessler s immersion offers a new, optimistic view on what Alzheimer s has to teach us.
    Dancing with Rose Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer s One journalist s riveting and surprisingly hopeful in the trenches look at Alzheimer s the disease that claimed her mother s life Like many loved ones of Alzheimer s sufferers Lauren Kessler was dev

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    1. My mother is in the beginning stages of memory loss, so I found this book particularly helpful and insightful, as well as comforting and encouraging The author masterfully weaves together her experiences of her mother s progression through Alzheimer s with her subsequent search to find a deeper understand of the disease, working as an aide in a memory care facility.I particularly appreciated learning about validation therapy, an approach where one enters and engages the person with Alzheimer s w [...]

    2. Mother of God, am I glad to be done with this book I know that sounds like it was terrible, but it was, in fact, the opposite, of which I am truly astonished There was actually positivity and joy in this book I think that is a very rare find in the world of Alzheimer s and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who knows a person with this disease, or who has in the past I wish I would have had this information when my grandma was still alive That being said, it was such a struggle for me t [...]

    3. Dancing With Rose Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer s is an important, if difficult read for anyone dealing with a relative who is suffering from dementia I read this on the recommendation of my older sister after it was recommended to her by the Alzheimers Society of Canada as we learn to deal with our mother s deteriorating mental state due to dementia.Lauren, in Dancing with Rose tells the story of her time working and researching about dementia and Alzheimers in a care facility following [...]

    4. This book is SO GOOD It s really lovely and sad but hopeful as well If you know someone with Alzheimer s, this really humanizes the people with the disease The author worked in a care giving facility for almost a year, and her stories are so well written and touching.

    5. In some ways, Lauren Kessler s Dancing with Rose picks up where Lisa Genova s Still Alice left off Genova left Alice sitting in her kitchen, aware she was sinking deeper into Alzheimer s Dancing with Rose looks at it from the caretaker s point of view However, it s nonfiction, and Kessler takes readers into what happens when the Alzheimer s victim must finally go into a home.Kessler s mother suffered from Alzheimer s, and Lauren didn t know how to cope She tried to relieve her father of nursing [...]

    6. Lauren Kessler lived through her own mother s Alzheimer s diagnosis, and progression to death What sets this Alzheimer s focused book apart is that Kessler became a nursing home employee in order to better understand Alzheimer s patients and to research this book Of all the many books I ve recently read with an Alzheimer s theme, I found this the most broadly detailed and helpful Because the author actually worked in the nursing home, she came to intimately know both in the sense of wiping botto [...]

    7. Since my mom is in the mid stages of Alzheimer s disease this was at times a heart wrenching read for me But I gained many new insights into the disease Lauren Kessler does an excellent and heroic job of finding the humanity in each Alzheimer s resident that she works with while being a resident assistant in an Alzheimer s care unit Kessler s story helps the reader understand that although there is a typical progression of the disease early, mid and late stages, every individual exhibits the dis [...]

    8. Journalist, Lauren Kessler, chooses to work as a resident s assistant at an Ahlzheimer s facility as a way of trying to make peace with and understand about her what her mother who died a number of years ago experienced in the last years of her life The author seamlessly weaves her first person experiences with medical research as she chronicles her day to day interactions with the residents Her compassion is evident and she is honest, yet hopeful, about those who live with the disease I loved [...]

    9. My grandmother, who has Alzheimer s, has recently come to live with my parents I ve been doing a lot of reading about the disease lately, and this is far and away the best book I ve come across The author does an excellent job of explaining the disease, summarizing research on Alzheimer s, and describing how it affects people who have it I think my favorite part of the book was actually her perspective she manages to describe the reality of Alzheimer s without sugarcoating it and still maintain [...]

    10. A quick read and good story Helpful because it describes the context I am currently in, but I struggled with the author s privilege of being able to pick and choose entry into the setting Best thing I got from the book was an interpretation of dementia as enlightenment, being in the now, mastery of the present.

    11. A journalist explores Alzheimer s by becoming an unskilled worker in an Alzheimer s care facility She develops an appreciation of the humanity of those in her care and her fellow caregivers, who are so underpaid and under appreciated And she came to better terms with her mom s death Nice to have a different look at the disease that took my Dad from me several years before his death.

    12. Outstanding I recommend this to anyone with aging parents whether they have dementia or not Observations and commentary were spot on and the story filled me with hope.

    13. This book paints a picture of life inside a care center for those with Alzheimer s It helps us understand a little bit better the challenges faced by those living there and those working there Obviously this can be a little bit depressing and hard to read, especially if you are close to a similar situation, but from my experiences and observations much of the information here seems very accurate This story is told by a writer whose mother recently died of Alzheimer s To try to understand better [...]

    14. I was touched by this powerfully moving account of a woman whose guilt and disappointment over how she handled her mother s Alzheimers motivates her to take a job as a caretaker at an Alzheimers facility This book has not only opened my eyes to how I look at such patients, but also restored my faith in the motives of many of the overworked, underpaid staff who care for them Inspiring, indeed.

    15. Riveting, all the way through and, at least from my experience, pretty spot on An interesting reality check from a woman who signed on to work as a light weight care giver for Alzheimer s patients in a memory care community within an assisted living facility Usually the stories are personal stories from a family member or informational technical books so this perspective is very interesting I enjoyed her reporting immensely and than her take aways that there are big problems with the work, care [...]

    16. Mild dementia accompanied a mood disorder in a SMH client for whom I was case manager a few years back The manager at her building reported that other residents were persuading her to give them money We kept aside money to pay her bills, but she had a fair amount in an account that she could access She couldn t remember her PIN number, so she wrote it down in a prominent place She also couldn t really remember people and chose to trust what people told her, making her even vulnerable I tried to [...]

    17. An eye opener that changed the way I view people with Alzheimer s interesting to have read this soon after reading another book about Alzheimer s Lauren worked at a memory care facility near Eugene for three months and got to know her 11 patients intimately literally, since she bathed and toileted and fed them She learned that Alzheimer s strips the personality down to its essence and that people with the disease are still people and can enjoy life even if they have little short term memory She [...]

    18. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me The author was so brave to truly dive into this world of eldercare for Alzheimer s patients, having had her own mother die from complications of this disease several years earlier The author had issues she knew she needed to confront about her own emotional distance and reaction to her mother s decline, and boy did she ever confront them head on.I applaud her bravery, but I m not so sure I could be so brave myself When my grandmother started havin [...]

    19. I had heard about this book years ago, because the author is a journalist in my home town Eugene, OR Now that my own mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s, I was looking for information about the disease This book is by no means a medical treatise, nor does it ever follow a single case in a linear manner Rather, it is an unflinching look at how people with the disease function or don t within a memory care facility The author went undercover as a caregiver over a number of months in order t [...]

    20. Like Alzheimer s, there is something missing in this book.While overall Kessler is able to paint a picture of the world inside Maplewood that is vivid and deep, by the end of the book you are left not wanting , but wanting something she is unable to provide a solution That heart breaking fact makes this book important for anyone with a loved one facing this incurable and mostly un treatable disease.But where she looses focus, and where I think a second book is much needed, is on the lives of the [...]

    21. If you know anyone with Alzheimer s disease, this is a great book to read The author, whose mother had Alzheimer s, decided to go work in an extended care facility for people afflicted with it This was after her mother died and she felt she needed to understand what she couldn t when her mother was alive With honesty and great writing, you learn what happens in a facility that deals with this disease head on You meet the group of residents that reside in the neighborhood she is assigned to The f [...]

    22. This book touched me deeply My father was in a nursing home and was very much like Hayes, a character in the book My father was in equal parts handsome witty charming grouchy and insulting One never knew if he was going to make a witty joke our benignly throw out an insult My mother ironed his clothes and instructed the caretakers how to dress him everyday Wow, this book was great Most of all, I was shocked at how accurate her characterization of the caretakers was Where my dad lived the caretak [...]

    23. A must read for anyone who is dealing with a family member with Alzheimer s Kessler s experiences humanise the sufferers of the disease and make their experiences understandable for the rest of us After reading it, I went to visit my mother in law in her nursing home and saw her and the other residents with new eyes, much better able to relate to her in a meaningful way for both of us It is also a strong condemnation of the pitfalls of for profit elder care, particularly in the U.S where persona [...]

    24. Lauren Kessler went to work at an Alzheimer s care facility out of guilt When her mother had Alzheimer s, she couldn t cope and decided that working with Alzheimer s patients and writing about the experience would help her come to terms with her own emotions and actions And it worked This is a beautiful and unapologetic look at what it is like to work and live at an Alzheimer s facility It gives the residents their humanity back forgives the family members who, like her, prefer to remember their [...]

    25. I worked for a time as an activity aide in the dementia unit of a nursing home My daily overarching struggle was to convince certain of my co workers of the enduring humanity in each of the individuals on the unit I wish I had this book to give them at the time Lauren Kessler takes a job at a residence specializing in dementia care For her, this is a temporary assignment a chance to gather materials for a reporting assignment She takes on the difficult and often thankless work of daily caregivin [...]

    26. It s a bit hard to imagine a feel good book about alzheimer s patients and their underpaid, undervalued, overworked caregivers But that is exactly what this book is The author, who felt quite inadequate about the way she handled her mother s dementia, decides to research a book and do penance by working as a caregiver in a nearby facility My first impressions were that it was an expose on how badly aids are treated, low pay, high turnover, and Then the author starts to dive into the individual [...]

    27. This is a book I may well read again It is an easy and entertaining book by a woman whose mother died of Alzheimer s disease I know that sounds like a real bummer, but it is not There are flash backs throughout the story of the trying time during her mother s last years, but that is not the main focus Lauren Kessler later worked as an aide in an Alzheimer s unit as part of an effort to understand what was happening for people with the disease It was much easier for her to meet those people where [...]

    28. Lauren Kessler s mom passed away after a long struggle with Alzheimer s Having difficulty coming to terms with her mother s death and the disease that claimed it, the author decided to become an employee at a facility for patients with Alzheimer s, known in the book as Maplewood The work, she discovers, is backbreaking and emotionally devastating The pay, she also comes to find, is not nearly enough for the things the employees do However, the book was rather hopeful there was some unexpected gr [...]

    29. Recently, I have read several books about Alzheimer s as research on a short story I would like to write Dancing with Rose stands out for its honesty, insight and compassion If you want to find out what life with the condition is really like, this is the book to read After losing her mother to Alzheimer s, Lauren Kessler yearned to make sense of what happened and to ease her troubled conscience about how she reacted to the situation Temporarily setting aside her work as a writer, Kessler took a [...]

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