Successful Aging

A weekly syndicated newspaper column by Helen Dennis

After 18 years and more than 875 columns, Helen continues to delight readers with her Successful Aging column for the Southern California News Group.  The syndicated column reaches more than 1.6 million readers weekly.



Successful Aging appears

in the following newspapers:

The Los Angeles Daily News

The Daily Breeze

Pasadena Star News

Long Beach Press Telegram

Whittier Daily News

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Santa Barbara Sun

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Orange County Register

Redlands Daily Facts

Press Enterprise

Successful Aging: 17 years ago I received a call, and then this all began

Dear readers, Each October, I write an anniversary column to reflect what I have learned from readers during this past year. It’s now been 17 years and almost 850 columns. Before sharing what I have learned, I thought it would be a good time to let you know the backstory of the column. Successful Aging was first published in 2001. At the time, I had worked in the field of aging for 25 years, spending most of my time at USC’s Davis School of Gerontology, teaching and directing projects and then moving on to become self-employed. I had written books, academic articles, reports and newsletters, conducted retirement seminars, led research projects and did a lot of public speaking. I had never wr

Successful Aging: What happens when one partner retires and the other keeps working

Q. I am a real estate appraiser and recently married a retired man who also is widowed. I plan to continue working and do much of my work at home. Any tips on how to manage this working-woman and retired-man relationship? J.F. Dear J.F. Consider yourself a pioneer. You are part of a growing phenomenon that is part of the new retirement. Today, two-career couples often are retiring at different times. Since the passage of the Social Security Act in 1935, the decision of when to retire has typically been a male issue. Here is the old model: A married man retires. If his wife is not working outside the home, she doesn’t retire. (Yes, her work is never done!) If she is working outside the home,

Successful Aging: Avoiding falls is an important part of staying healthy

Q. Recently two of my friends in their late 70’s fell outside their home – one on a waxed floor at a theater; the other tripping over the cement barriers in a parking lot – at night. One suffered a concussion; the other a broken wrist. I know the basics of how to prevent falls in my home. What are the tips to stay safe while outside. S.D. Dear S.D. Your question is timely and important. It is timely because September 22, the first day of fall, marked the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging. It is important because a simple fall for an older adult can be life-changing. Here are some facts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

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