I know some elderly folks at Elderwood in Penfield, that wish they were dead and talked suicide because; their family has pretty much abandon them or they have no one else in their life. It is heart breaking to see them in the corner by themselves when others have visitors there. Staci and I take my dog Fiona there and visit, and it is amazing the transformation from doom and gloom to a bright and vibrant smiles. It is truly amazing the effects a dog or cat have on people. What I like is hearing their stories and the history they speak of. I can only imagine what the elderly going through when their home of 35 years is taken away or they are informed they cannot drive anymore and their license is revoked. It is hard and stressful on a working individual financially and that becomes even greater for a retiree.
You can see many of the same despair in older and/or disable veterans too. Meaning the government doesn't have an issue with putting its soldiers in harm’s way, moral dilemmas and/or uprooting them from a normal life. However, when those soldiers ask for something back, then the government doesn't acknowledge their personal sacrifice.
BTW, Fiona loves the visit as much as the people do. She is such a "Ham" and she loves the attention from everyone. I am sure the treats may have something to do with it to. My suggestion for others if, you have a dog or cat that is good with people take them to visit nursing homes or assistant living homes. You may want to get them certify as a therapy pet to avoid any mishaps. It does make a difference. Introduce yourself to these people. It gives them fellowship and a sense of belonging. Besides you may find common ground and receive good advice.