An old man who lived on his own in a derelict house next to where I live passed away some 20 years ago. I noticed recently that the back-garden wall had collapsed and that the back-door was ajar. I decided to have a look inside and to my surprise found that his belongings remained untouched. It felt like stepping into the past. Could it be possible that the old man had no relatives nor close friends? This highlights the fact that there are many old people who are abandoned by society and are left to their own devices.