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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March 8, 2020

I am 65 years old and basically quite healthy. Yet I feel I am always going to a doctor’s office for something. It could be for a bone density test, teeth cleaning, eye exam, gynecological exam, colonoscopy plus flu, pneumonia and shingles, vaccines. Is this typical? B...

February 8, 2020

Dear readers. 

Last week’s column addressed S.M.’s concerns about mitigating the risks of falling given that several of her friends have fallen with serious medical consequences. We addressed how to keep our bodies fit to counteract normal age-related changes that can a...

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 He is sometimes forgetful and confused, unsteady on his feet, sleeps a lot and periodically is withdrawn.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...

December 11, 2019

Q. My 88-year-old aunt has hosted holiday dinners for many years. This year, she once again decided to have the family Thanksgiving dinner at her home and as usual was reluctant to accept help. As the date drew closer, we realized she had done nothing to prepare for th...

November 28, 2019

Dear readers,

November was Alzheimer’s Awareness month, which was designated by President Reagan in 1983. Given the importance of the topic, here are some distilled facts (or myths) in the form of a true-false quiz. Being aware and knowledgeable about this disease is im...

November 22, 2019

Q. We hear that old age is not for sissies. Yet much of what I read describes aging in the most positive terms. Where is the balance when we talk about getting old? For some it’s not fun. D.H.

Dear D.H.

Indeed, it’s important to be realistic when it comes to aging.

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