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

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: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

Dear readers, November was Alzheimer’s Awareness month, which was designated by President Reagan in 1983. Given the importance of the topic, here are some distilled facts (or myths) in the form of a true-false quiz. Being aware and knowledgeable about this disease is important for our own health and for those whom we love, reminding us to take preventative action to the extent possible. 1. Almost six million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease. 2. One in three older adults die while having Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 3. The cause of the disease is known; the cure is not. 4. Where you live matters. 5. There is little we can do to reduce risks of Alzheimer’s diseas

Successful Aging: Getting older isn’t the same for everyone

Q. We hear that old age is not for sissies. Yet much of what I read describes aging in the most positive terms. Where is the balance when we talk about getting old? For some it’s not fun. D.H. Dear D.H. Indeed, it’s important to be realistic when it comes to aging. Historically, there was little interest in the subject because there weren’t enough people living into old age and little was known about the subject. That does not mean that aging was never addressed. Arthur Krystal recently wrote a piece in the Nov. 4 issue of The New Yorker entitled, “Why we can’t tell the truth about aging” He identifies individuals from history who perceived aging with many drawbacks as well as an occasional

Successful Aging: It’s the 18th anniversary of this column, and here’s what you were talking about

Dear readers, Each fall, I write an anniversary column that reflects some of what I have learned from our readers during this past year. It’s been 18 years, and almost 900 columns later that I find there is still more to write because aging cuts across everything from public policy to business, entertainment, pensions and testosterone. And it affects all of us. I prepare extensively to write the anniversary column. For one year, each question and comment from our readers is saved, printed and sorted according to categories. I reread each one; those with the most responses typically are included in the column. Sometimes a single communication may be included if it can be used as a resource or

Successful Aging: In part 2 of the 18th anniversary column, more of what you asked about

Dear readers, This week is a continuation of my yearly anniversary column, a time to share what I have learned from our readers. Last week we just covered technology and chiropractors because of the large number of responses and diverse opinions. Here are some additional highlights from the letters and emails I have received. Retirement: A reader offered some alternatives to the word: “recess, (similar to) a fun break in elementary school” and “graduation, the celebration of many years of work to achieve a higher goal.” As an alternative, another reader suggested using the Spanish word for retirement, “jubilacion,” which sounds joyous. One reader interpreted my column on retirement as “deman

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