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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July 17, 2017

Last week we discussed G.C.’s somewhat ageist experience with a cardiac technician (and by ageist, we are referring to age discrimination). This week I’d like to explore that topic a little further. 

Ageism — prejudice against older people — is the last remaining social...

July 10, 2017

Q I went for a scheduled stress test today. The technician was ready to inject a substance that would artificially raise my heart when I told her I preferred to use of the treadmill and have the nuclear test with the injection as a backup. The technician replied, “The...

July 1, 2017

Q You’ve been excellent in teaching me how to avoid falls in my home. At 79, an even bigger problem is how I can avoid falling outside of my home? Note I walk my dog daily at the beach and want to stay on my feet. Many thanks. 

– L.S.

A Dear L.S.:

Indeed, staying on your...

June 22, 2017

My mother recently passed away. She lived in her own home for the past 50 years. I now have the responsibility of getting her house ready to sell. The task confronting me is going through all of her things and deciding what to do with them. I grew up in that house so...

June 12, 2017

Last we week we discussed a conversation between a group of highly effective men and women focusing on retirement and transitions. The men are members of the Life Transition Group; the women are from Project Renewment. (Pictured left: Ron Dresher, Bernice Bratter, Hele...

June 4, 2017

This is the sixth year I have had the pleasure of participating in a conversation with eight men and eight women to discuss considerations, challenges and opportunities of a new life stage — some call retirement.

Cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson commented...

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