My aunt is in her early 80s and is a nun in one of the famous religious orders - I don't want to get into deep details because I don't want to identify her or her community. But it is one of the "big" Catholic orders that everyone knows by name.
She taught college (theology) for many years and lived in her community in a medium-sized city in the U.S. Her community there, in the 40s, had over 1,000 nuns. Today there are less than 200, years pass between new vocations, and the average of the sisters is in the 70s. They own acres of property and have a beautiful mother house, but it is being sold off piece by piece. Their schools closed years ago.
Now they have announced that all the sisters will be moved to low-income housing apartments because what is left is going to be turned into assisted living for sisters who need round-the-clock care (alzheimer's, terminal illness, etc.) Unfortunately, these apartments are spread all over the city, effectively ending community life for them.
My aunt thus will finish her life in government housing with no one else in her community around her. While she does still have family in the city and elsewhere, most of the people she grew up with are dead (she's in her 80s). She is sad because it is such a lonely end. Instead of praying together, the sisters will be off in their own separate apartments. My aunt no longer drives and many of them do not; additionally, it is a Northern city with the usual winter problems. They may get together for monthly meetings, and my aunt teaches some Bible study classes in local parishes, etc., but still, it's not nearly the same as living with the community that she has given 60+ years of her life to.
I realize the reality of shrinking vocation and dying communities is not exactly news to Catholics here, but still, it saddens me.