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."