My Dementia

“So That Is Gone”

Gerda Saunders has her first dementia evaluation in three years.

Gerda Saunders has progressive dementia. This is her first evaluation in three years—and it brings the oddest sort of relief.

Each episode of this video series follows Saunders, who in 2010 learned she had cerebral microvascular disease, a precursor to dementia. In 2014, Slate published a deeply personal essay by Saunders, “My Dementia,” that enthralled readers. She continues to document her life since the diagnosis and is working on a memoir, due out next year. And now VideoWest, from Utah NPR affiliate KUER, has produced a new visual chronicle of what happens next.

Watch the first episode and the second episode elsewhere on Slate; the third episode is above. We will continue to publish this occasional series in the months ahead.

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