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In 2010, Gerda Saunders learned she has dementia. She was 61-years-old at the time, and a professor at the University of Utah who was already recognizing symptoms in herself. Gerda has been writing about her experience, and has agreed to let RadioWest follow her on her journey with the disease.
It happens to me sometimes that I just hear the words, but it’s as if it takes time to translate it into meaning.
It happens to me sometimes that I just hear the words, but it’s as if it takes time to translate it into meaning.
I think that objects play a part in the continuity of lives.
I think that objects play a part in the continuity of lives.
Chapter 02
THE BODY THAT IS LEFT
When the time is right, Gerda Saunders is going to take her own life. Gerda has a progressive form of dementia and we’ve been following her during this process. Of course, identifying the right time is going to be difficult, but she knows her family will support her when she makes the call. Life is over, she told us, when you stop having the ability to make your mark in the world.
There's some feeling of relief, that, OK, I'm really not making this up.
There's some feeling of relief, that, OK, I'm really not making this up.
Isn't letting go of the things of the world, part of the transformation I must undergo as I enter zombiehood?
Isn't letting go of the things of the world, part of the transformation I must undergo as I enter zombiehood?
Chapter 04
DEMENTIA FIELD NOTES
Gerda Saunders has a fabulous sense of style. She also has a progressive form of dementia, and lately she’s been asking herself whether all this effort she’s putting into her appearance will be worth it once she can no longer manage it herself. She documents this and other experiences in what she calls her Field Notes on Dementia. This is the fourth film in our series with Gerda.
MEMORY'S LAST BREATH
Gerda Saunders has written a book which was released June 13, 2017.
It's called Memory's Last Breath: Field Notes on My DementiaMY DEMENTIA