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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May 8, 2017

Dear Readers,

Older adults are taking center stage, not as members of a dance troupe, chorale or symphony, but to be featured performers for Older Americans Month. And that month is May.

This year’s theme is “Age out Loud,” a take-off on the acronym LOL, meaning laugh ou...

April 30, 2017

Q Please settle an argument for me. My husband insists that we get less creative as we get older. I say no, that age has nothing to do with creativity. My husband is an engineer and I am a teacher. We both are 63 years old. Who is right? 

— P. L.

A Dear P.L.:

Actually, yo...

February 15, 2017

Q The recent Australian Open tennis tournament was astounding. Roger Federer is 35, as is Serena Williams; her sister Venus is 36. That’s old for competitive and winning athletes. What can we learn about aging from their achievements? Will all of that activity give the...

February 6, 2017

Q The spouses of two of my friends have Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, they continue to drive despite dents in their cars and periodically getting lost. My friends are doing nothing and are waiting for their doctors to take on the problem. None have done so. To me...

October 11, 2016

Question:  About a week ago, I was in Costco to get my flu shot. I filled out the form at the pharmacy counter and the clerk said to me: “I see you are 78. We recommend a higher dose for the ‘elderly.’ ” She asked for my Medicare card and spoke very slowly and distinct...

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