I will be 85 years old very soon but my mind is super sharp - my body failed me due to an old spinal injury and so I ended up losing everything I ever cherished and live in an assisted living facility. I despise living in a place like this and am very lonely because I am the "fish out of water". It is absolutely impossible to find a single friend here that one can talk to on an intelligent, interesting level - almost all have dementia or Alzheimers and they are interested in nothing. I still have two jobs (one in animal welfare from a local to international level for nearly 50 years; and I serve as a Power of Attorney to two people for l4 years). I take college courses, constantly seek to learn new things, do art work, have written half of my autobiography, go out to eat by myself, take rides, go swimming and the list goes on. I am l00% responsible for myself - I just live here, they do nothing for me, I do it all. Since I drive, I go out as often as I can. I have basically two questions: (l) when the residents are of such a mental/physical nature that there is absolutely no possibility of developing a healthy, interesting friendship, what on earth can people do to make friends? I have sought out all kinds of clubs outside but because I am disabled and can't walk, they won't work for me? I know not a soul in this area and cannot move to another area for personal reasons. (2) To whom can a resident like me, with a car, go to for help in an emergency? Four times my life was put in jeopardy because lack of appropriate care and I am lucky to be alive. There is no one here that can/will help - believe me, I tried everything. They are understaffed and they have the same answers for every situation regardless if that answer is workable or not. And never, ever would they be willing to help anyone with any help other than that which helps them meet the minimum state laws for compliance. God forbid someone needed a ride in an emergency - it will never happen. The resident might be forced to hitchhike. Extreme? Yes, but I do what has to be done. But I am terrified what I can do to get help if I find myself in a situation where I am physically or mentally unable. I don't want to dig a hole and jump into and die - not just yet. Help. No living family and all my friends have passed on. I am l00% alone.