Even when some of us think this is an easy transition, I DON’T THINK SO! And why this paper or papers? First, a few facts about where we live. “Revel Ranchero.” Formally a part of the magnificent Harrah’s Cattle Ranch situated below Windy Hill, and the Sierra Mts. is close to Lake Tahoe and numerous Ski Resorts. And, I think, the best weather in the U.S.A.
As I have previously written, Lenette and I live here in the senior village. One 4-story building houses an indoor heated saltwater pool, exercise and activity rooms, Dinning room, and bar. We have about 150 seniors living here with a growing waiting list for apartments. It is a good place, well managed and committed staff. I’m guessing that about 30 plus of the residents are men and the apparent majority are single women that have outlived their husbands.
I’ve written that we are happy here and have made wonderful friends. In fact, it is why I write “village.” I think of a village as a close-knit group of people who care for each other. “Revel” in Reno fills the bill very well. And, as anyone who knows me would expect me to give credit to its leadership, I do. But this is the living environment.
It is also evident that each day those that need care increases. It is a relatively slow process but insidious in its relentless overtaking of each of us. A few residents are in their 70s, most in their 80s, and some 90s, and I may be the oldest of that group. I know I’m the only World War Two vet. There are 24 of us that have served. Korea, Desert Storm, Vietnam, etc., is where all the rest of the vets have served.
Single Women may be as much as 80% of our resident population. They find and make friends, if wise, and join activity groups. They also come together for meals and the camaraderie that the table provides.