Aging And Acceptance

I think aging issues are well worth discussing, beginning with family and extending to one’s community, the nation, and the world. A significant expenditure of tax funds goes to support the aged, and if not for government support, most of the aging population would be helpless. Otherwise, only the wealthy and those with job-related healthcare benefits would be protected.

As such, I seek to know what young people think and feel about aging. If a person lives long enough, they are going to get there. I wrote that Lenette and I never thought about getting old or the dramatic change in our way of living. We lived as if we did not have an ending. The future was an unknown but not to be feared.

Being part of an old population is an eye-opener. While we knew children, young staff, professionals, entrepreneurs, power, leadership, and communication, we knew nothing about aging. Now we are one of them, living as best we can each day.

Death is around the corner, and we have no idea how far away the corner is. We either accept this journey as an everyday thing, or we are willfully blind to the changes we are experiencing. We see this in those we now live with and assume that they see this in us. Still, many of us do not give in to the inevitable. I do not. I write and create, I lecture, and despite my macular degeneration, I try to read.  And Lenette and I look forward to and love the give and take we experience over dinner with our aging friends.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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