In 2010, Gerda Saunders learned that 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. This short film is the first in a series of portraits about Gerda and the family and friends that surround her with love.

Watch our series of films with Gerda Saunders here and listen to our 2016 conversation with Gerda here

Her new memoir comes out this month from Hachette Books. It’s called Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia.

Music used with permission from: Goddamn Electric Bill – Clouds and a Bee