Memory's Last Breath : Field Notes on My Dementia

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"For anyone facing dementia, [Saunders'] words are truly enlightening.... Inspiring lessons about living and thriving with dementia."---Maria Shriver, NBC's Today Show

A "courageous and singular book" (Andrew Solomon), Memory's Last Breath is an unsparing, beautifully written memoir--"an intimate, revealing account of living with dementia" ( Shelf Awareness).

Based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal, Memory's Last Breath is Gerda Saunders' astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders, a former university professor, nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.


Hachette Books
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Original Languages
Number of Pages
Gerda Saunders
Publication Date
May, 2018

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This has been my favorite read so far this summer. A poignant look, through the first person eye of the writer, at dementia. As a geriatric nurse for 30 years, I have seen it come to many, many people. Slowly it attacks the mind. Until eventually, the person that houses the mind, is just a shell. The mind is gone. Where does the mind wonder to in these individuals? How much of the world around them are they aware of? These are all things the author contemplates. And she expounds on the way to becoming the lost mind. At times (perhaps too many) I found myself in tears. At others, rooting the writer on as she decides to fight the disease process and not simply give in. Well written. Well informed;. And truly a must read. I give this book five stars, and a big thumbs up! I highly recommend this book. You can find it on Amazon  $18.36 for hardcover, $29.77 for Audio CD, and $13.99 for the ebook.

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