As Memories Slip Away, It's Still a 'Wonderful Life'

Priya Morganstern (left) and Bhavani Jaroff visited StoryCorps with their father, Ken Morganstern.

hide captionPriya Morganstern (left) and Bhavani Jaroff visited a StoryCorps booth with their father, Ken Morganstern.

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Five years ago, Ken Morganstern was told he had early-stage Alzeheimer's disease. Since then, his memory has gotten worse — and he has lost some of the stories of his own life. But he hasn't lost the idea of who he is.

His two daughters, Priya Morganstern and Bhavani Jaroff, recently brought him to StoryCorps to talk about the memories that remain. Among them: moving to New York, meeting "a sexy gal" — Priya and Bhavani's mother — and having four children. Their mother died four years ago.

But even though he might need prompting to remember some of the events of his life, Morganstern, 81, appreciates what he has.

"It's a wonderful life," Morganstern says. "I get up in the morning; go to sleep at night. And in between, eat three meals."

Both Priya and Bhavani say they've learned a lot from their father, and that he has been a role model for them and for others. And despite the occasional memory lapse, they know they're lucky to have their father.

"The most important thing is, I have a family I love, and they're loving people." As he says, "I have no regrets on anything."

Produced for 'Morning Edition' by Michael Garofalo. The senior producer for StoryCorps is Sarah Kramer.

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