In the letters the women explained to the trustees why they were so eager to enter the institution, describing their experiences as ageing people.
The ageing process as described in personal documents can differentiate more general views.
The combination of ageing and a declining income was for most women the reason to apply for a place in the almshouse.
For the women applying to the almshouse ageing meant financial problems.
When the bond between husband and wife had been strong the death of one of them could cause great stress and enhance the ageing process.