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

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Successful Aging: Do you want to live forever? Here’s one man’s plan for it

Dear Readers. The topic “How to Live Forever” sounds enticing; that is, if you want to live forever. I must admit that when I initially heard of this book written by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of, I assumed he was referring to new discoveries about nutrition, exercise and purpose as the magic bullets to that extra-long life. I was wrong. The subtitle of the book, “The Power of Connecting the Generations” (PublicAffairs, 2018), tells the story. I recently had the opportunity to interview Freedman on this topic. It was the featured event sponsored by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village for its fourth annual Upside of Aging forum at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Living forever focus

Successful Aging: What are my best housing options now that I’m about to retire?

Q. I am a single, 65-year-old woman about to retire from a wonderful medical career. My plan is to return to the San Francisco area to be closer to my family. I am healthy, social and lead an active life. With all the choices of housing and living arrangements, how do I evaluate the options keeping in mind both my present and possible future needs? I want this to be my last move. M.S. Dear M.S. The best news is that you have options. Here is a description of various living arrangements that can provide a good environment, which is so important for that next chapter of life. Renting an apartment or house: This would be a place with no age restrictions. Questions to consider. Has the rent been

Successful Aging: What does the job market look like for older Americans?

Q. I understand the employment rate for those in my age bracket – the 55 and older — is just 2.7 percent compared to 3.7 percent for the overall population. That sounds like good news. Does that mean I should have a good chance of finding a job at age 62? I was previously a manager in the foodservice industry. E.S. Dear E.S. I wish it were that easy. Here’s a little about that statistic for the 55 and older. The usual employment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is missing an important population. That is the discouraged worker. That’s the worker who has been looking for a job, cannot find one, becomes discouraged and drops out of the labor force. The good news is that in July 2019,

Successful Aging: I’m a retired CEO, but I don’t want to get rid of my suits and ties

Q. I am a retired CEO of a manufacturing company with an unusual problem, at least for me. I recently looked in my closet and did a count: 8 pair of dress shoes, 38 dress shirts, 55 neckties, 14 pair of slacks, too many suits and more. I don’t have need for all of these clothes. It’s not that I won’t wear some of them again, but it feels like that it is a lifetime of clothes that I don’t need. I am finding it difficult moving most of this out of my closet and out the front door. Any insights or advice? B.J. Dear B.J. Congratulations for asking this question. In the past, a question related to downsizing whether it is household items, books or clothing has been asked by women. My guess is tha

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