Marilee Flannery has only seen her husband, Steve, twice in the past two months. Both times were fleeting conversations over video on her phone.
He’s at a locked-down Citrus Heights memory care facility for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The facility has banned visitors in hopes of keeping out the new coronavirus, which has disproportionately killed tens of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.
Because of the disease, Steve, who turned 68 on Sunday, struggles to learn the steps necessary to stay on the line with her.
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