Older couples unable to escape wildfires embrace a last time (Associated Press)

The New York Times and The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story) quoted Caroline Cicero of the USC Leonard Davis School about evacuation plans for older adults and how this group will cope with traumatic losses due to the wildfires in Northern California. “This situation has been so tragic on so many levels,” Cicero said. “Couples who have been living together for 30, 40, 50 years, especially in their 80s and 90s, definitely might have just realized this is the end. ‘There is nothing we can do, so we’ll go out together,’ which is a beautiful thing. But it’s tragic for those left behind.”