Gerda Saunders video series on dementia and dressing herself.

On Dressing Yourself—and Teaching Someone Else to Dress You—With Dementia

On Dressing Yourself—and Teaching Someone Else to Dress You—With Dementia

A woman navigates her decline.
June 9 2017 6:09 AM

On Dressing Yourself With Dementia

What does it mean to teach your aesthetic to someone else?


Each episode of this video series follows Gerda Saunders, who in 2010 learned she had cerebral microvascular disease, a leading cause of dementia. She first wrote about her dementia in the George Review, in an essay later republished in Slate as “My Dementia.” Earlier this week, we published a new essay adapted from her book, Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia, to be released this month by Hachette Books.

RadioWest, from Utah NPR affiliate KUER, is producing a companion video chronicle of Saunders’ journey, featured on Slate. In the fourth episode above, Saunders considers the loss of her ability to dress herself—and the possibility of passing her aesthetic onto her partner. Watch more episodes here.


*Correction, June 12, 2017: Due to production errors, this page originally misidentified contributor Kelsie Moore and RadioWest from Utah NPR affiliate KUER.

Doug Fabrizio is host and executive producer of the daily interview program RadioWest on KUER, a Utah NPR affiliate. He created VideoWest in 2013 and directs and curates the films.

Kelsie Moore is a producer, cinematographer, and editor for RadioWest.