Milton Focht reaches for his bassoon when he gets the blues about the pandemic or the presidential election.
Socializing and family visits at Mr. Focht’s retirement community in eastern Pennsylvania have been severely restricted since the coronavirus hit in March, and the management stopped meal service in the communal dining room.
In Mr. Focht’s apartment, his double-reed woodwind instrument transports him somewhere else.
“I can pick up the bassoon, and while I’m playing it, I can totally forget about everything else,” said Mr. Focht, 91. “I’ve tried to do whatever I could to fight depression.”
The registered Republican is voting for Democrat Joseph R. Biden this year.
“I just cannot stand the superiority and attitudes of Trump,” Mr. Focht said in an interview. “I don’t know how to say it in polite language. No, I will definitely vote for Biden.”
President Trump is losing support among seniors in his bid for reelection, according to public polls. Four years ago,