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

February 1, 2020

Q. I have several friends who have taken bad falls that resulted in a broken wrist, concussion and even a brain bleed. I am 81 and want to avoid ending up in the same situation. I know that aging in itself places me at risk. Can you share some key tips that will lessen...

January 22, 2020

Q. I am concerned about my father who is 83 years old. He is sometimes forgetful and confused, unsteady on his feet, sleeps a lot and periodically is withdrawn. Add to that he doesn’t like doctors. Assuming I can convince him to see one, do you recommend a geriatrician...

January 16, 2020

Dear readers,

The following headline — “Are baby boomers ruining the housing market?” — appeared in a Dec. 5th Los Angeles Times article. The headline implies that older people might be limiting the supply of houses because they are remaining in their homes too long, ca...

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.


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...

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