If older unmarried women are not in a religious vocation then perhaps the wider family can provide the leadership and protection needed when parents can no longer do so. Failing that the Church should take a responsible approach.
I've asked numerous priests about this. With one exception, they agree. But they all note that this does not happen in the reality of today's world. Several suggest living with a group of like-minded older single women, or with a roommate.
It sounds like a good solution, but having tried it from time to time, I've come to realize it generally doesn't work outside of a religious house with some type of hierarchy and commitment to remain.
Twice I've been in situations with 3-5 single ladies. As they moved out and on with their lives, I was left with the constant worry over replacing them so that I could pay the rent. I've had four roommates, two for two years apiece before one moved out to get married, the other to take a job. Of the others, one lasted six months before I had to hire a lawyer to evict her...let's just say she was involved in illegal activity. The last was a wonderful, kind-hearted lady who passed away at age 33 from complications of diabetes.
But this was all long ago. The only older singles I know are elderly living with adult children's families, in a nursing home, or male. (No, the man is not free to marry, so no possibilities there!)
It seems I must make do without the protection and guidance of an earthly head.
Or Pax can burn me at the stake? A stake-burning might make for a really profitable fundraiser! Of course, that'll make me a martyr and, well, poor Pax? I just hope he'll be able to make a good confession...Maybe it's not such a good idea, eh?