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

January 25, 2019

Q. When I look up the word “old” in the thesaurus, I find the following: elderly, aged, gray-haired, grizzled, past one’s prime, decrepit, doddering, senile and over the hill. I feel I am treated like all of the above. Recently, I asked my doctor how my migraine medica...

January 16, 2019

I am a 78-year old healthy woman facing a fourth surgery on my leg and am a bit depressed. Fortunately, I’ve recovered well from the previous three. Up until now I have been very active, hiking, traveling, dancing and continuing to work in my career. Several friends wh...

December 24, 2018

Q. I am 77 years old and would like to know what skills I will need to ensure I can handle what might be ahead of me in my later years. Is there any evidence that could point me in the right direction? I know there are no guarantees. I just want to be as prepared as po...

November 15, 2018

Dear readers:

Last week, we addressed E.R.’s concern about her friend who is showing signs of confusion. Her family is aware there is a problem, yet says nothing about her driving. E.R. wonders if she should alert the family of the possibility that this friend is a haza...

November 8, 2018

Q. I recently traveled with a friend to Alaska and noticed she seemed a bit confused. Shortly after arriving home, we made some social engagements; she couldn’t keep the dates, times or locations straight, even after I reviewed them with her about four times. My friend...

October 4, 2018

Q. Recently two of my friends in their late 70’s fell outside their home – one on a waxed floor at a theater; the other tripping over the cement barriers in a parking lot – at night. One suffered a concussion; the other a broken wrist. I know the basics of how to preve...

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