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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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.

H...

August 23, 2019

Q. I am having difficulty knowing when to intervene with my father’s good intentions without insulting his dignity. My father is 89 and in relatively good health; my mother is 84, suffers from dementia and lung cancer and lives at home. When we recently went out to din...

July 24, 2019

Q. I am finally admitting a hearing loss. Given my age of 76, I guess I should not be surprised. After meeting with an audiologist and having a hearing test, he recommended a particular hearing aid which was very pricey. How do I know the information I was given is acc...

July 4, 2019

Q. I recently called my internist to make an appointment for a routine EKG. The receptionist asked the important initial questions: date of birth, then name. After I gave my date of birth which is 1942, she immediately transferred me to the nurse practitioner (NP). I l...

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