More on Aging, Revisited

When I’ve written about aging, I am writing about my experiences that are taking place in the present. It’s what I am feeling, thinking, and doing. This paper is about where and how we live and the people we live with. Our senior complex has about 125 apartments, which are either studios or one and two-bedrooms. The building is four stories tall, with the west side facing the Sierras and Mt Rose, offering a complete and beautiful view. The east side faces a Blvd and Freeway that heads north and south. On the north side is a small forest, while the south side borders a short street leading into a small but nice shopping center. Having lived in Reno and its proximity for 42 years, I believe this location is as good as it gets.

The building is entirely rented out with a long waiting list. Having seen other senor facilities in Reno, we believe we live in the best. Also, our apartment is on the corner of the 4th floor, offering us a terrific view of the Sierras and Mt Rose ski area. We have a patio to sit and enjoy the scene when the weather gets warm. We’ve now been here two-and-a-half years.

Our building has a nice bar and restaurant, and we eat most of our dinners in the bar with open seating. We pay a monthly fee for food and service, which includes a cleaning crew each Friday morning. If problems occur in our apartment, we have maintenance people that fix just about anything.

The complex has a heated indoor pool, a small exercise gym, classes for Tai-Chi, Yoga, and more. We also have meeting and cardplaying rooms and a comfortable studio for watching sports/TV and lectures. It takes terrific management to make this all work, and we are blessed to have the right people in the right place. I will write next about the people we live with and our experiences with most of them.


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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