Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's: One Daughter's Hopeful Story
Previously published in Hardcover as Dancing With Rose
One journalist's riveting and surprisingly hopeful in-the-trenches view of Alzheimer's
Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's. Like many children of Alzheimer's sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mother's identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimer's are not slates wiped blank. Suppose they experience friendship and loss, romance and jealousy, joy and sorrow? To better understand this debilitating condition, Kessler enlists as a bottom-of-the-rung caregiver at an Alzheimer's facility and learns lessons that challenge what we think we know about the disease. A compelling, clear-eyed, and emotionally resonant narrative, Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's offers a new optimistic look at what the disease can teach us and a much-needed tonic for those faced with providing care for someone they love.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - E.J - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review
DANCING WITH ROSE: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer'sUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Close-up look at life inside an Alzheimer's care facility. When her own mother had the disease, Kessler (Clever Girl, 2003, etc.) placed her in a care facility and visited only reluctantly. Determined ... Read full review