Author Lauren Kessler’s mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. She wrote Dancing with Rose, in part for herself, and also, to share her experiences with others who are taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
After her mother’s death, Kessler worked as an unskilled resident assistant in a West Coast Alzheimer’s facility. She wanted to better understand the deteriating stages of mental decline that her mother had gone through as an Alzheimer’s patient. At the same time, Kessler sought to find answers within herself to the reasons for her troubled relationship with her mother.
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