Ernest is considered a client at Elderhaven, an elderly care facility in Austin. He, like all of the clients there, suffers from the effects of aging--Alzheimer's disease, severe dementia, confusion, loneliness.
The clients are dropped off in the morning by family members or caretakers and picked up again in the evening. During the day, they are cared for, entertained, and watched after. They are in the twilight of their lives, yet they represent an increasingly prominent facet of human existence. They do so unassumingly.