I visited this elderly Haitian woman in her humble rented room. She is bedridden, and her family has very limited resources to care for her. They wrestle with difficult decisions about whether to allocate finite resources – like food – for someone with limited economically productive capacity. I don’t think this vulnerability is unique to Haiti. We make similar decisions in America about our own elders all the time: Do we allocate finite resources of time, energy and money to care for our aging parents and grandparents even when we’ll receive little in return?