Dementia – through sufferers’ eyes

It would be difficult for anyone of completely sound mind to say they know what it’s like to live with dementia.

And yet, British animator and director Simon Ball has created a film that, in addition to offering an empathic window on the day-to-day difficulties of living with the disorder, also provides insight into how we all construct our worlds from within.

Published on Aeon, Do I see what you see? offers a glimpse into a rare form of dementia called posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) – or Benson’s syndrome – in which the brain’s spatial reasoning, visual processing and spelling and calculating functions deteriorate.

This short film guides you through the strange and unsettling experience of PCA from the perspective of six individuals with the condition.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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