"I'm the only one left," said McAdam, 83. "I have no one."
Her husband has been gone for three years, but every day before she goes to sleep, she pats the bed beside her and wishes him good night. ...
Elder orphans older people who have outlived all their family are a largely ignored population whose numbers are expected to burgeon as Americans live longer and have smaller families.
Jeff Kunerth, "Older voices cry: 'I'm the only one left'," Orlando Sentinel, September 7, 2003
"We're trying to focus on the elder orphans those who have no support system," Lyon said. The new standards are meant "to let people know that there's a time when families and communities have to take responsibility" for the elderly, she said.
Jack Robinson, "Tighter guardian standards are sought," Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA), January 12, 1993
This means, unfortunately, that in a few years you'll probably be seeing a lot of the phrase elder orphan, as well as its synonyms: senior orphan (1983), older orphan (2003), orphaned elderly (1981), and orphaned senior (1993).