The Southwest Journal is documenting the coronavirus pandemic by recording the personal stories of Minneapolis residents and workers whose daily lives are in a state of flux. As the outbreak evolves, we will be checking in with the participants regularly. Read all of the stories here.
All interviews are conducted over the phone, and conversations are edited for length and clarity.
Arminta and Ron Miller, residents, The Waters on 50th senior living community
Arminta: Ron’s been exercising every morning, but it looks like they’re going to take that away from us now.
Ron: When they announced there would be no more exercise, a few of the people were really frustrated. They said, “What am I going to do?”
Arminta: Up to this point, Ron’s been able to go out and get groceries. They’re telling us now that we should not do that. Our daughter brought some things over and dropped them off at the door. Two women here said they would do groceries if you give them a list. And the shuttle driver will go twice a week to Lunds & Byerlys and Target if you make a list and put it on the computer.
The library here has kind of been decimated; there aren’t many books left. There were about six or seven people who would get together and put together a puzzle in the common area. They’ve taken the puzzle away so nobody can do puzzles here. So it’s getting tighter and tighter.
We’re doing fine. It’s lucky that we have each other. A few of the people are looking pretty bad and feeling pretty lonesome. I’ve been sending cards around to people to make them feel a little better. It’s really hard on people who are all alone.
We’re not arguing yet, so that’s a good thing. He was mad because I beat him at cribbage.
Ron: She cheated. And she won’t play me in Monopoly.