What Are Your Thoughts About Aging?

Over this last year, I have thought and written much about what we have been experiencing in the aging process. I’ve written that we never once stopped and thought about getting old during our youth, middle age, and well into senior years. It just did not exist in our doing things and planning. Then, one day, about five years ago, Lenette decided we needed to consider moving to a single-story house. She also began looking at senior living complexes. 

What she experienced in her search was not pleasant.  Nothing she visited appealed to her. What she felt in most of the complexes were people waiting to die. It was an awakening experience for her since the whole idea of our getting old and needing to prepare for this eventuality was new to us. 

In time, she found a complex that was under construction.  A perfect location on the old Harrah’s Ranch with a full view of the Sierras and Mt. Rose. A complete facility with apartments, recreation facilities, a restaurant, a bar, and staff to support it all.  More important were the words and behavior of the sales staff. They spoke of community and participation. It met Lenette’s requirements, and I felt the same way when I went to meet the people.

Soon, we will have been here for four years. We do live in a caring and supportive community, but it is also an aging one. Having never lived with or related to a population our age, this has been what we used to call just about everything at camp: A “learning experience.” It is not easy being with a population that loses people almost daily. And, if not dying, aging. Which, without question, includes us.  

With some experience now, we advise thinking of your situation.


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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