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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Successful Aging: What’s new about retirement? Read on

Dear readers, I recently was asked the following question from a longtime friend: “So, what’s new about retirement?” My 20-minute answer seemed to lend itself to a column. Here are just a few of the “what’s new” that I selected from a long list: Years of retirement: The U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the average retirement age in the U.S. is about 63 years. If one is lucky to reach 65 years, women can expect to live about another 20 years on average; men 18 years. Although the average length of retirement reported is 18 years, with increased longevity beyond 65, it could easily translate to 20 to 25 years. What’s next? For many, retirement is predominantly a time of leisure that may incl

Successful Aging: Can you answer these questions about health and aging?

Dear readers. I recently was invited to attend a conference for journalists who write about aging and health sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and hosted by USC’s Andrus Gerontology Center. Paul Irving, Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology presented a compelling overview of age-related issues that I would like to share. He urged the attending journalists to consider the facts, priorities and perspectives in writing their stories. The information is important not only for journalists but for each of us, as we plan and prepare for optimal aging. Thank you to th

Successful Aging: A silver tsunami? Let’s look at opportunities for an older population instead

Dear Readers, The United Nations General Assembly dedicated one day, October 1, as the National Older Person Day. If you’re wondering why, it’s because of demography, population and growth. Here are the facts: By 2050, 20 percent, or two billion individuals of the world’s population, will be 60 years and older. Currently, 700 million are over the age of 60. The increase from 700 million to a projected two billion is considered the greatest and most rapid increase in older adults in the developing world. We don’t have to wait that long for an increase. Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people aged 60 and over is expected to increase from 901 million to 1.4 billion. Currently, Asia has the

Successful Aging: How to handle household finances and more if your spouse is hospitalized

Q. My husband and I have a traditional marriage of 52 years. He has taken care of the usual tasks of the household typical of my generation. I have taken care of all of the family needs for decades. My husband will soon be having surgery, a hospitalization and recovery most likely at home. I realize I know almost nothing of what he does. Can you provide a checklist of what I need to know? Many thanks. D.K. Dear D.K. Kudos to you for thinking ahead. Consider having a conversation with your husband to learn about the tasks and intricacies of what he does to keep the home front running smoothly. Here are some categories with lots of particulars. Finances: This is a big one. How do you pay your

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