An elderly neighbour (88 yrs) has given up his flat this week. He's moved to a residential home where, hopefully, he'll be in receipt of 24hr care. When I drove by today, his windows were all open and there were shadowy figures moving about in his empty living room.
Until he moved, he had a carer who visited twice each day, neighbours who called in regularly and a postman who stopped every morning for a cuppa. His devoted daughter lives only a stone's throw away and from his chair at the window, he waved to, and received waves from, pretty much everyone who passed by.
The main reason behind his decision to go into care? He was frightened of dying alone. In spite of the fact that he was never without company for very long, the worry that his time might come between visits or during the night, was too much for him to bear.
Three more of our closest neighbours are in their 80s, live alone and independently. They march on, keeping as active and involved as their ailments will allow.
At the opposite end of the scale, Speckly Woo came up with this charming group portrait of the cartoon cast from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. In case you're not familiar with these animated sleuths, they are, left to right: The Villain, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, Freddie.
Of course, these characters won't be going into care any time soon. They haven't shown any visible signs of ageing, in over 40 years!