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: Want to stay healthy and age well? Start doing these things

Q. I am 77 years old and would like to know what skills I will need to ensure I can handle what might be ahead of me in my later years. Is there any evidence that could point me in the right direction? I know there are no guarantees. I just want to be as prepared as possible. G.B. A. Dear G.B. We know there are no shortcuts to the fountain of youth. However, we do have some compelling information. A research study from the University of London, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, looked at the impact of five life skills in over 8,000 men and women 52 years and older. They studied emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness. The res

Successful Aging: What if my newly retired husband wants to spend all his time with me?

Q. I have been retired for several years from my previous career as an attorney. My husband, who is 80 years old, is an engineer with his own business, working every day beginning at 7:00 a.m., six days a week for the past 40 years. On the seventh day he plays softball. He will be retiring in about a month. Aside from baseball he has no other interest. I have a full life with leadership roles in various nonprofit organizations and am concerned that he will come home with nothing to do. I don’t need a companion 24/7. Where to begin on this? B.J. Dear B.J. You are not alone in this potential dilemma. There are some things you can do to avoid having a consistent companion while grocery shopping

Successful Aging: How can I help others without overcommitting my resources and energy?

Q. I am widowed, down-sized and fairly comfortable these days. More and more, I am seeing the needs of people around me who really could use my help. Old friends and new are in need of support, hot meals, trips to the doctor – one even needs a place to stay. How can I be sympathetic with all of these needs without going overboard? I feel very guilty if I don’t help, but I don’t feel that I have the strength or the resources to contribute. Your input would again be appreciated.Y.T. Dear Y.T. As we age, we often realize how fortunate we are and at times how less fortunate others are. Your concerns are reflected in statistics. In Los Angeles County, the 2016 American Community survey reports th

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