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.



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The Los Angeles Daily News

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Pasadena Star News

Long Beach Press Telegram

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San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Orange County Register

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Successful Aging: Searching for ideas to bring generations together and improve the future

Dear readers, Occasionally I attend or participate in an event that I think will be of interest to you. A recent event was the 2018 Encore Summit, celebrating the 20th anniversary of, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, founded by social entrepreneur Marc Freedman. Their work has been animated by a single question: How can society tap the talent, skills and experience of our older population to solve significant social problems and that will make life better for future generations, as well as improve the lives of older people? Held at the California Endowment in Los Angeles it was attended by over 200 Encore leaders representing organizations such as Bridges Together,

Successful Aging: Three signs that you should stop someone from driving

Dear readers: Last week, we addressed E.R.’s concern about her friend who is showing signs of confusion. Her family is aware there is a problem, yet says nothing about her driving. E.R. wonders if she should alert the family of the possibility that this friend is a hazard on the road. Unfortunately, there is no single recipe for families to deal with the transportation issue. Since each family member has a unique relationship with the individual, perceptions of the risks may differ. Even factual information about the driving behavior may elicit different opinions and advice. Two issues are paramount: the safety of everyone on the road and the dignity and self-respect of the individual with d

Successful Aging: If I believe my friend is driving with dementia, should I speak up?

Q. I recently traveled with a friend to Alaska and noticed she seemed a bit confused. Shortly after arriving home, we made some social engagements; she couldn’t keep the dates, times or locations straight, even after I reviewed them with her about four times. My friend is being evaluated by a neurologist. My guess is for dementia. Her children are aware there is a problem, yet they say nothing to her about her driving. Is it appropriate for me to mention my concern to her children? I don’t want to be intrusive. E.R. Dear E.R. You are facing a difficult decision. I would strongly recommend mentioning the concern to your friend’s children. The worst outcome is that you will be the recipient of

Successful Aging: Through 17 years and nearly 850 columns, here’s what we’ve been talking about

Dear readers, Each October I write an anniversary column that reflects some of what I have learned from our readers during this past year. Every so often someone asks me, “Are you still writing the column?” The answer is yes. After 17 years and almost 850 columns, there is more to write because the successful aging story cuts across everything from public policy, to business, entertainment, pensions and testosterone. And fortunately – we all are doing it. This year’s questions included subjects of fall prevention, energy, scams, age discrimination, loneliness, work, relationships, widowhood, solo-aging, celebrations and more. Here are just a few highlights: Age discrimination: A reader share

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