June 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm (Thursday): Gerda reads from MEMORY’S LAST BREATH, Art Access, 230 South 500 West #125, SLC, UT. Free and open to the public.

Photo Credit: City Weekly. Art Access builds an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah through creative opportunities for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities, and through public engagement in the arts.

Photo Credit: City Weekly. Art Access builds an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah through creative opportunities for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities, and through public engagement in the arts.

Please join us for a reading from “Memory’s Last Breath” by Gerda Saunders

As part of our Creative Aging Project, Art Access is proud to present a public reading by acclaimed writer Gerda Saunders from her newly published personal memoir Memory’s Last Breath.

Saunders’ book is uncharted territory in the writing on dementia. One in nine Americans will experience dementia in their lifetime. 

Based on the “field notes” she keeps in her journal, Memory’s Last Breath is 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 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.

Gerda’s story is receiving more and more praise. Maria Shriver with the Today Show interviewed her this week in Salt Lake City. Air times (late June) will be posted on her blog as soon as they’re available. To see a mini documentary on Gerda, click here. 

Attendance is FREE and open to the public. 

Questions or accommodation requests? Please contact heidi@accessart.org 

A.S.L interpreter will be provided. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

6:30 pm

Art Access

230 South 500 West, #125

Salt Lake City, UT 84101