The Significance Of Community

A week before I spoke at the University on aging, it occurred to me that there were four “weapons” I considered essential to winning some battles with aging. While we will not win the war with aging, I think winning some battles is a good thing. Yesterday I experienced another epiphany, and I now realize some of these tools are more important than others.

Community, for example. I feel that living isolated or relatively isolated is a big mistake regardless of how comfortable you think you are. Being isolated may include the work you do, such as artistry. Yet, where and when is community part of your life? I argue that as we age, community moves to the very front of importance.

Relationships are why. Community is all about relationships and caring for each other as the need arises. Membership, fellowship, conversation, and dialogue are all essential to longevity. Having lunch and dinner together, sharing holidays, and enjoying the better parts of what it means to be a part of a group. 

At one time, groups were essential for survival, and because a greater number of us are living longer, groups are more important than ever. Not being what and who we were is no small problem. Regardless of financial means, older people are different than who they once were. Not accepting this is allowing ignorance to control us. So, my answer, thanks to my epiphany, is to get with community when you can do the choosing instead of others choosing for you. 

I age do I know—Maybe yes and maybe no—I will decide this


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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