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 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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October 26, 2017

Dear readers,

Each October, I write an anniversary column to reflect on what I have learned from our readers during this past year. After completing 16 years and almost 800 columns, I ask myself, “Is there more to write about?”

The answer, “Yes.”

One reason is that aging...

October 20, 2017

Q. We recently had a terrible experience with a board and care home. My mother who has dementia was not cared for, although the staff indicated they had experience with dementia patients. For four days she was not bathed and was not approached to engage in any activiti...

October 10, 2017

Q.  I am about to turn 60 years old and want this birthday to feel special. I am a baby boomer and refuse to think of myself as “old.”  What can I do to celebrate this time of life so it’s memorable and positive? Many thanks. N.P.

A. Dear N.P.
Kudos to you on your 60th...

October 9, 2017

This week we are addressing the second part of N.S.’s question about humor. She wrote, “When is a joke about aging funny and when is it insulting?”

The line between humor and insult can be a bit blurry.  Add to that one’s personal perspective and sensitivities and that...

October 6, 2017

Q: I have read that laughter and having a sense of humor may help us live longer.  Any truth to this?  Also when is a joke about aging funny and when is it insulting?  What’s your take on this?  Many thanks.

—  N.S.

A: Dear N.S:

There is some truth to what...

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