The American Heart Association is dealing with odds - and openly admits that CPR they recommend will break or facture ribs 1/3rd of the time! And that includes for ALL people - including perfectly health and young - not the elderly with frail bones as is so common.
So... let's be RELEVANT and in terms of someone 87 years old and of such low health as to already be in Assisted Living and now with "difficulty in breathing" (no indication of heart problems nor "gasping."
Here is the opinion of doctors SPECIFICALLY IN THE AREA OF THE ELDERLY - where the Heart Association is talking about EVERYONE as generic:
It is speculated that the success rate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been steadily declining since it was introduced nearly 40 years ago. Initially designed for limited clinical situations, this procedure is now used on many individuals who would have been considered inappropriate candidates in the past.1 Elderly patients may fall into this category. The US Patient Self-Determination Act,2 followed by aggressive public campaigns during the past few decades, has expanded the role of CPR so that it is now considered the current standard of care. Thus, many patients are subjected to medically futile procedures that offer little, if any, acceptable survival benefits. The introduction of the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order has allowed patients the opportunity to weigh personal beliefs against the perceived risks and benefits of CPR.
The observation that age is not a clinical predictor of mortality in CPR is being challenged by the current literature.3 Survival-to-discharge rates vary among these studies; however, they rarely exceed 10% of the patients leaving the hospital alive. Outcomes predominately reveal that a mere 3% to 5% of patients are surviving CPR to discharge, and a survival rate of 0% has been reported.3–6 The emerging consensus is that CPR may not only be inappropriate therapy for some patients, it may constitute medical futility in many cases.
Only 5% to as low a 0% (none) of elderly survive CPR - and that is not even considering that 87 year old woman was still breathing and no indication given of any heart ailment.