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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Santa Barbara Sun

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June 22, 2019

Dear readers,

As with many important issues related to aging, there’s a date set aside to draw attention to what is considered one of the most serious public health and human rights crisis facing our nation. That is the mistreatment of our elderly, or elder abuse. June...

January 10, 2019

Q. My father is 87-years-old and cares for my 85-year-old mother who suffers from dementia and lung cancer. He resists home care for my mother that is beyond the current one-hour a day, four days a week. My father is exhausted, stressed and says that only someone who l...

August 2, 2018

Dear readers,

Last week, we discussed some options for S.K., who is in her mid-60’s, lives alone and has no children. She wants to know about her options when the time comes that she may need help, knowing there are no children or grandchildren to look after her. This w...

February 4, 2018

Q.  I live 3000 miles away from my parents. My mother suffers from dementia and is cared for by my 83-year old father who has no help. Her short-term memory is fading; she does not change her clothes or bathe and wears only a light-weight sweater when she goes out in t...

January 7, 2018

Q:  My father is 88 and has a girlfriend of the same age.  I am concerned that he is no longer able to shop, prepare meals, clean his house and more.

He still drives, is independent and strong willed. His girlfriend is not a big help given her own health conditions...

November 27, 2017

Dear readers,

As a continuation from last week — M.K. is frustrated because his mother who has Alzheimer’s disease and a bipolar disorder refuses to take her medication.

He is looking for ways to overcome her resistance.  He also wants to know if he is genetically v...

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