The Challenge Of Old Age

We have completed our move to a total care facility.  We wear a call button, and people are available to assist us in any way 24/7. It is a new care facility to the west of Reno, and we are settling in. But I would like this paper to be about the people that have helped us and continue to do so. All this would be impossible without their help and guidance. 

We are not who we were and do not have the sight, hearing, and strength we were once blessed with. But a team of people surrounded us, took our hands, and helped us to where we needed to go and be. This is an entirely new experience for us. For most of our lives, we did for others, and now others do for us, and we are grateful. Now, it’s time to contemplate what this experience is teaching us.

If we live long enough, we will need help in many ways. As others have said, and I agree, “Old Age Sucks.” How can anyone feel pleased with diminishing eyesight, hearing, strength, and the rest? I admit to taking those things for granted because I never thought of a “long life” and a “good life” as a senior citizen. I thought we lived and died.  Yet, the problems are many if you, like us, are blessed (or cursed) with a long life.

When one has overseen their own life, they rarely can anticipate their own care and that they will need others. Still, remarkable people have come to our aid and given themselves in ways full of kindness and love. They saw what needed to be done and took charge, all with great sensitivity. 

We regard them as family who are there for each other. But what of those without family? That realization leads me to believe that Lenette and I may be two of the luckiest people on the planet. 

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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