NY Couple Married 58 Years Reunite For First Visit Since Pandemic Hit

It’s been nearly a year since Harriet Shenkman has been able to hug her husband, Jerry, but it finally happened this week. The couple was finally reunited for their first face-to-face visit since the start of the pandemic.

Jerry has Alzheimer’s disease and lives at The Bristal assisted living facility in White Plains, New York, and Harriet has been coming to see him every day of the 11 months. But she’s had to stand outside his window because of coronavirus restrictions.

Dementia has robbed Jerry of many of his memories, but he hasn’t forgotten his wife of 58 years. Winsome Bent, Regional Director of the assisted living facility says the 80-year-old “lights up” when he sees Harriet and they’re happy the couple can be physically closer with in-person visits now.

Source: ABC7 NY

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