This past week, I read Dancing With Rose by Lauren Kessler. For me, it was such a good one. I read it fast, but not because I was trying to rush through it, but because it was so good, I could barely put it down.
That is not to say that it's for everyone though.
|Ricky gives this book his stamp of approval.|
So yes, it's a hard read in part, but it's worth it. She absolutely helps us see the residents where she worked as people, rather than just patients with advanced Alzheimer's. She tells sweet stories, funny stories, and yes... sad ones too. But it's somehow a positive spin on Alzheimer's, if there ever was one.
In reading all about her job responsibilities, it's hard not to feel enraged that these workers get less then $10 an hour. The senior living places make loads of money, but that money isn't going to the workers that actually take care of the elderly. So, it's hard to get and keep good employees.
Although not everyone is going to get dementia, many will. And if we live long enough, we will grow old, and eventually need help. This is a huge issue, and it clearly needs some help. Shining a light on it is important.
Anyone who has a loved one with dementia, in my opinion anyway, will find this book interesting, educational, and believe it or not, uplifting.