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

July 26, 2018

QI am in my mid 60s, live alone and never had children. Many of my friends talk about how their children and grandchildren are such a large part of their lives. I don’t have this. How do I look ahead and plan for a time when I will likely need help and there won’t be...

July 18, 2018

Q. I recently spent the afternoon with my eight-year-old granddaughter who asked, “Grandma, do you know you have a lot of lines on your face? Does that mean you are old?” I proceeded to describe my wrinkles as smile lines, signs I’ve lived a happy life, and continued t...

July 11, 2018

Dear readers.

I recently had three questions that dealt with the same topic: Too much paper. Reader No. 1 kept records and notes from students she counseled on careers 40 years ago. Reader No. 2 retained his doctoral dissertation notes from 30 years ago. Reader No. 3 de...

July 5, 2018

Q.  I am an older woman who was terminated from my job after 25 years. The company was sold and I was replaced by a millennial tech wizard. The new owner did not like me and treated me as though I knew nothing – even told me to shut up. On to another job, which had a c...

July 1, 2018

Q. I am a 78-year old man who is somewhat out of shape and a bit overweight. The woman I am seeing is quite fit and has strongly encouraged me to try to achieve the same. I have surrendered and now want to find a personal trainer. Where do I start? E.S

Dear E.S.


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