More About Where We Live

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.


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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