"ambient despair that is a permanent component of life in assisted living"

Following on from last week's "rise of being single" post, here's another take on what may be the inevitable result.

Have you ever started thinking about what may be the natural progression of events, if you remain single and reach your 80s or 90s?  As the numbers of unattached, living-alone people increases at midlife and beyond, we'll probably be reading many more accounts like this op-ed piece that recently appeared in The Washington Post.

I found it fascinating.  And chilling.

And, more from Martin Bayne in a fascinating NPR "Fresh Air" interview.

"Most residents show a calm, even peaceful veneer," he wrote. "But beneath the surface, all of us are susceptible to the ambient despair that is a permanent component of life in assisted living. It's the result of years of loneliness and isolation."