My Dementia

Beginning today, Slate will feature a new video series about Gerda Saunders and her family as her dementia advances. In 2014, Saunders wrote about her self-identity after her diagnosis. Her essay is reprinted below.    

This essay was originally published in the Georgia Review, and is reprinted here with permission.

For my 61st birthday, in 2010, I was given the diagnosis of microvascular disease, after Alzheimer’s the second leading cause of dementia. I was—as my rather blunt...

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