Community And Care

Based on daily observations, there is no doubt that “community” becomes more essential the older we get. People going through the same or similar experiences need others even more. That is why I make the case that aging people are better off living with other aging people than their own families.

Family may be loving but rarely are any in the family pure caregivers.  Professional caregivers are trained and, here, as well as in some areas, are required to undergo continuing education. Family history and memories do not exist, so there are no hidden agendas or strings of the past that pull and influence behavior.

Living with people our approximate age makes for interesting dialogue. Many are well-educated, and some have been leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs. The majority are women living alone; only about a fifth of the residents are couples. And with the wonderful help of management, the “community” has formed and is felt and recognized by the majority. Community, as I think it ought to be, is not as common as many believe. It needs to be a group of people of similar ages and needs. Our community meets our needs in so many important ways.


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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