If she’s lived in that house all her married life, she is of the generation where married women, at one time couldn’t attend to their own affairs, so this sort of situation is not necessarily unexpected of a woman her age.
My mother, who is ten years younger than this woman, told me what it was like prior to the 70’s.
She’s a member of the village board, so she’s an elected official in her community. That doesn’t sound like someone who is unable to attend to her affairs.
She’s just a professional leftist, like so many of her generation. Wisconsin has been a hotbed of socialism for a century or more.