Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's: One Daughter's Hopeful Story

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Penguin, May 31, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Previously published in HC 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.
 

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Review: Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's

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an accurate depiction of life as a caretaker (a person with Alzheimer's) and life as a caregiver (A RA of CNA). This should be required reading for anyone involved in a dementia setting. Throughout the course of the book I was continually thinking "Been there, Done That." Read full review

Review: Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's

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I read this book twice. I was left feeling such an affinity and gratitude for those working in care homes. They serve in the presence of hovering angels waiting to welcome loved ones to eternity. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Lauren Kessleris the author of five works of narrative nonfiction, including the Washington Postbestseller Clever Girland the Los Angeles Timesbestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Omagazine, and The Nation. She directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon.

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