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

Press Enterprise

December 23, 2017

Q. I am 83 years old and recently moved a piece of furniture like I always have done in the past. This time I hurt my shoulder and neck. My family is on my case “not to do too much.” How do you know when doing something physical is too much without first trying it?  W....

December 20, 2017

Question: On a trip last year my 7-year-old asked me if she could use my iPhone. Of course I said, “Yes.” She ended up spending a great deal of time on it while we were together, which concerned me. Since I will be seeing her again soon, how do I manage this? Y.T.


December 18, 2017

Dear readers,

As noted last week, this year is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). AARP and U.C. Berkeley sponsored a symposium entitled “ADEA at 50” to mark the event. This important act protects almost all of us from age discr...

December 11, 2017

Dear readers,

Perhaps you noticed that every so often there is an age-related theme for a month that draws our attention to particular challenge facing older adults. April is Parkinson’s Awareness month while May is Older Americans and National Stroke Awareness Month; t...

December 5, 2017

Dear readers,

I have been asked several times to republish a column I wrote 13 years ago, which was shortly after my husband passed away. At that time, I was part of a bereavement group called Gathering Place sponsored by Trinity Care Hospice and funded by Beach Cities...

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