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: Are aches and pains normal signs of aging?

Q. At the risk of complaining, I am having vision problems that require monthly doctor visits, a sore back from overexertion, a skin cancer that needs removal and some daily aches and pains. I know these are not life threatening but they make me feel that the evils of age are upon me. Is all of this part of normal aging? E.S. Dear E.S. You’ve asked an important question that has a complex answer. To study normal aging scientists have used data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, America’s longest-running scientific study of human aging which began in 1958. They concluded that “normal” aging is not the same as disease. An old George Burns story makes the point. Mr. Burns goes to t

Successful Aging: Technology is looking at ways to improve the process of getting older

Dear readers. I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference entitled “Aging into the Future” sponsored by the St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS). It was designed to showcase the convergence between emerging technology and healthy aging. Indeed, it did. Over 800 people attended this event at the Los Angeles convention center, which featured exceptional speakers and over 50 booths exhibiting the newest in technology that benefit older adults. Speakers included Ashton Applewhite, author and advocate confronting ageism in technology and everywhere else, and Justin Erlich of Voyage, an autonomous vehicle company who discussed the promise of self-driving cars. Here are just a few exhibit

Successful Aging: When a grandparent should step in to help a grandchild

Q. I have a 16-year old granddaughter whose parents are going through a very difficult time in their marriage. This is affecting my granddaughter and I don’t know whether I should interfere. She has gone from straight A’s to D’s on her report card. Her parents don’t set boundaries or limits for her. For example, she spends too much time on her phone, does not complete her homework, stays up too late and consequently doesn’t get sufficient sleep, often misses school and is subject to her parents continuous fighting. I have a good relationship with my daughter, her husband and my granddaughter. I am not sure what role I should play or if I should be intervening. Your thoughts? E.R. Dear E.R. T

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