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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San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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January 11, 2020

Q. I have a pet peeve with many reporters and journalists who use the term “75-year-old grandma (or grandpa) was blah, blah,blah.” I am a great-grandmother, a working accountant, a homemaker, a wife, a board member and so on. If I were to describe myself, I would say I...

January 1, 2020

I recently saw the term “greedy geezer” used to refer to seniors. I am 69 years old and found the term quite offensive. I always thought of my generation as givers. Am I correct that this is still true? 

Dear S.N.

You are correct; older adults indeed are contributors.

The...

December 26, 2019

Dear readers,

This week we continue our conversation about ageism. Various movements, publications and initiatives are helping the American public have a realistic understanding of aging.

John Feather, the CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, is quoted in a Hartford Foundation r...

December 20, 2019

I am 80 years old and work one day a week for a hospital assuming responsibility for the food for two events involving thousands of hospital employees, plus doing some occasional bookkeeping. The folks I work for used to work for me when I was employed as the director...

December 11, 2019

Q. My 88-year-old aunt has hosted holiday dinners for many years. This year, she once again decided to have the family Thanksgiving dinner at her home and as usual was reluctant to accept help. As the date drew closer, we realized she had done nothing to prepare for th...

December 7, 2019

QI enjoy reading your informative column but there is one point you are missing. How about aging senior citizens in our mid- to late-60s and beyond trying to take care of parents living to their 90s and 100s? It’s taking a toll on us seniors physically, mentally and...

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