Love was in the air at the Applewood Continuing Care retirement community in Freehold, New Jersey. Last year, Bill Biega and Iris Ivers fell for each other and they couldn’t be happier. The couple is in their 90s - he’s 98 and she’s 91 - and the pandemic really brought them closer. Especially after he got caught sneaking out of her apartment!
Their community was under stay-at-home orders last spring when a security guard caught Bill going home after a visit with Iris. They were told they could move in together or stay apart indefinitely, so they chose to be together and have been living at his place ever since. The couple started off as friends, they’d met years ago playing bridge, and after both of their spouses passed away, they realized sparks were flying between them.
A year later, they’re both fully vaccinated and are loving life together. Iris says, “We’re also realistic, and we know that we’re not getting any younger,” so they’re making the most of the time they have and they’re taking it day-by-day. “I feel so fortunate that I’m still living here and still surviving,” Bill says, adding, “and I have the love and care of Iris.”