Recent Thoughts on Aging

Is it possible that men and women age differently? Are there significant differences between us that ought to be seriously researched? I specifically mean: Do females react differently than males to the problems of aging?

I have been a witness, in addition to being part of a population of people in their late 70s to 90s. For nearly the last 3 years, we have lived in a Senior Village. As I have written, this is not a “caregiving” environment but more like a resort setting. We have an apartment of 825 sq ft. A bit less than our first home back in the 50s. The facility offers a lounge bar, dining room, heated indoor saltwater pool, meeting and activity rooms, and a wide range of activities for residents to participate in. Incidentally, but not surprisingly, most residents are single women, mainly from the east coast. They moved to Reno because their adult children and grandchildren live and work here. Proximity to their caregivers and family becomes a necessity.

I have learned through conversation and observation that men appear to live more in the present and take each day as it comes. On the other hand, and this is admittedly pure speculation on my part, women are not happy losing their former selves. Giving up the past and who we have been is never easy for anyone that has lived a reasonably good life. 

As a former “teacher, creator, student of power, problem solver,” I now write single-page papers to make up for activities and challenges that once flooded my existence. Now, I see each day as a gift that may or may not come again. And being with my Lenette is the most wonderful gift of all.   

Aging is a fact—We need to accept this fact—Let be what we are. Sy 

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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