Almost a year ago, I started a very small part-time job (two Saturdays a month) with a program called "Time Off for Caregivers" at our local senior center. We care for cognitively impaired people, most of them with Alzheimer's, for a few hours so their caregivers (spouses, adult children, etc.) can get a respite. Several months after starting that job, I came across "Dancing with Rose" on our library's 'New Non-Fiction' shelves, my favorite section in the library. "Dancing with Rose" was so good in how it expressed so clearly the joy that can still be found in the lives of those living with Alzheimer's, and in the Zen-like nature of the disease. What Lauren Kessler found with the residents of her care center held true with the folks I helped care for, and the joy she found in dealing with the Alzheimer's patients reflected the fun I had working with the folks in our Time-Off program. After a few months of working at that Saturday job, I started spending several mornings a week staying with one of the clients in her home so her husband could get some time off. The lessons from "Dancing with Rose" stayed with me and helped me enjoy the time I spent with her. This woman's daughter was a nurse, but even still, she (the daughter) had trouble dealing with her mother--she seemed unable to relax and enjoy the basic essence of her mother that was still so evident--so I recommended "Dancing with Rose" to her. I hope she read it and got as much out of it as I did. "Dancing with Rose" made so clear what I intuitively felt--that there can still be joy in life, even late in such a ghastly disease as Alzheimer's. Kessler's description of later Alzheimer's as being the zen-like state that monks work years to achieve was the best description I've ever read of it; it encapsulated perfectly the immediacy of the lives of those with advanced Alzheimer's and that those of us who are still functional can still connect with them on that immediate level. It was a wonderful book, gently and lovingly written, that left me with the understanding that we can almost always find something good in our lives.