Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer's / Lauren Kessler.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Documents a journalist's work as a caregiver for Alzheimer's patients after the disease claimed her mother's life, a process during which she came to deeply respect and admire the contributions of a care facility's overworked and underpaid employees.
    • ISBN:
      9780670038596 : HRD
      0670038598 : HRD
    • Accession Number:
      2006035699
    • Accession Number:
      fay.229126
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KESSLER, L. Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer’s. [s. l.]: Viking, 2007. ISBN 9780670038596. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126. Acesso em: 14 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Kessler L. Dancing with Rose : Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s. Viking; 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126. Accessed December 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Kessler, L. (2007). Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer’s. Viking. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Kessler, Lauren. 2007. Dancing with Rose : Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s. Viking. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126.
    • Harvard:
      Kessler, L. (2007) Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer’s. Viking. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126 (Accessed: 14 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Kessler, L 2007, Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer’s, Viking, viewed 14 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Kessler, Lauren. Dancing with Rose : Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s. Viking, 2007. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Kessler, Lauren. Dancing with Rose : Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s. Viking, 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Kessler L. Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer’s [Internet]. Viking; 2007 [cited 2019 Dec 14]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.229126

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2007 June #1

Assigned to write about Alzheimer's disease, Kessler took a page from a handful of notable journalistic predecessors. She chucked her notebook and immersed herself in the atmosphere and culture of an Alzheimer's residential facility near her home. Taking several months out of her cushy journalist's life, she worked there for minimum wage as a resident assistant (RA), the bottom job at the nursing home and one with high turnover. Indeed, many newbies don't return after the two-day orientation, much less make it to the three-month first "anniversary." Despite a high-minded description having to do with care and dignity, the RA's work is on the front line when it comes to residents' (not "patients'") bathing, using the toilet, dressing, feeding, corralling, and cleaning up. Kessler's experience was eye-opening, to say the least, more so because she was still lugging the weighty baggage of guilt she acquired from her response to her mother's Alzheimer's eight years previously. Invaluable intelligence, especially for anyone considering a residential facility for a loved one.

PW Reviews 2007 April #2

The growing number of readers who have relatives with Alzheimer's will warm to Kessler's excellent account of the months she worked as an unskilled resident assistant in an Alzheimer's facility on the West Coast. This facility, which she calls Maplewood, is a state-of-the-art institution, divided into small "neighborhoods" of 14 rooms with private baths, a common space and enclosed patios. The author of several nonfiction books, Kessler (Full Court Press ) was attempting to resolve her feelings after her own mother, with whom she had a troubled relationship, died of Alzheimer's; bittersweet memories of her are scattered through the narrative. At Maplewood, Kessler feeds, toilets and converses with residents in varying stages of the illness. Marianne, for instance, an alert and well-dressed woman, appears not to belong at Maplewood. She still regards herself as a successful working woman, and the author treats her as such. Kessler becomes strongly attached to some of the other men and women in her neighborhood, feeling bereaved when several die during her tenure. She comes to regard Alzheimer's sufferers as individuals who can still enjoy life, given the care and recreational opportunities extended at this facility—a powerful lesson in the humanity of those we often see as tragically bereft of that quality. (June 4)

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