This story originally appeared on KVUE-ABC
November 22, 2018
Cedar Park seniors hope to spark the Thanksgiving memories that are fading away
“There’s no thanksgiving when you’re not with your family.”
There are many things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving — and for people who are struggling with dementia, memories are particularly precious.
“There’s no Thanksgiving when you’re not with your family,” Marvin Strey, who lives at the Poet’s Walk Memory Care Community, said. “It’s a Thanksgiving Day, but if you’re not with your family, it’s not the real Thanksgiving.”
Strey was the son of a single mother. He said he would hunt for chickens to cook because his family couldn’t afford a turkey.
He said there are many things to be thankful for that are not materials, but instead are memories fading away.
“Thanksgiving is also breaking bread with your mother and father or brother and sister,” he said.
Strey is among one of the many people who live at the Poet’s Walk Memory Care Community in Cedar Park.
The group is hoping to spark a conversation to help bring back the many memories dementia is taking away.