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Dancing with Rose | [Lauren Kessler]

Dancing with Rose

An acclaimed biographer, Lauren Kessler immerses herself in her work to construct compelling portraits of her subjects. In Dancing with Rose, she recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer's facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease.
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An acclaimed biographer, Lauren Kessler immerses herself in her work to construct compelling portraits of her subjects. In Dancing with Rose, she recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer's facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease.

©2007 Lauren Kessler; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    Bruce Dixon, CA, United States 09-12-10
    Bruce Dixon, CA, United States 09-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Alzheimer's From A Caregiver's Viewpoint"

    Lauren Kessler decided to work in an Alzheimer's ward to make up for how poorly she did when her own mother had Alzheimer's. In finding redemption, she also discovers the humanity and life found in Alzheimer's patients. As the spouse/caregiver of a woman with early-onset Alzheimers I can appreciate the author's journey to understanding and appreciation of those trapped in the moment. I hope readers come to understand that this disease may be challenging but it doesn't have to be frightening. Dealing with Alzheimer,s begins an act of acceptance.

    Hats off to Lauren and to the other caregivers who's selfless work for minimum wage make the last years of Alzheimer's patients comfortable and occasionally fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Des Moines, IA, United States 07-20-12
    Cecilia Des Moines, IA, United States 07-20-12

    I listen to audio books every day. I am hooked!

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    "This Is Reality-all the madness & gladness."
    Where does Dancing with Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten authors of all the books I've listened to-It is so real, well it is real, not fiction.

    Initially, I found it hard to believe that anyone would continue to stay in a job that was "undercover" to get iformation to write a book.The job is basically maintenance of Alzheimers' patients And it is, literally, a sh-tty job.

    But there is a personal aspect that the author has to deal with. She does it w/ honesty and guilt.
    We all have our "I -wish- I- would- haves." She does too.

    I liked this book better than "Still Alice." It is an older book.

    The disease is not. It goes on and on.


    What other book might you compare Dancing with Rose to and why?

    It reminds me of "Still Alice."
    But this is told from a different point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ann Phimister – was your favorite?

    All were good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The observation about the clothing.
    The author could sort of tell which patients had family members that cared about them by the condition of their clothing.
    Buttons on shirts, or no buttons, for example.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. K. Doughty SantaPaula, CA 09-01-07
    B. K. Doughty SantaPaula, CA 09-01-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Very warm and caring"

    I would recommend "Dancing with Rose" to anyone who cares for or loves anyone with Alzheimers. Ms. Kessler tells the story of caring for Alzheimers residents in a very interesting and understanding way. I learned a few caregiving tips too.
    Barbara

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Moving and memorable"

    tales from an Alheimer's ward and the love and hope to be found there.

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