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

March 1, 2020

Q. I am over 50 and some of my newest entrepreneur partners are in their 60s and 70s. Their breadth and scope of experience is phenomenal. Is this common? I keep thinking that entrepreneurship is with the young folks in Silicon Valley.  L.B.

Dear L.B.

Your experienc...

December 20, 2019

I am 80 years old and work one day a week for a hospital assuming responsibility for the food for two events involving thousands of hospital employees, plus doing some occasional bookkeeping. The folks I work for used to work for me when I was employed as the director...

October 10, 2019

Dear Readers,

The United Nations General Assembly dedicated one day, October 1, as the National Older Person Day.

If you’re wondering why, it’s because of demography, population and growth.

Here are the facts: By 2050, 20 percent, or two billion individuals of the world’s...

September 12, 2019

Q.  I understand the employment rate for those in my age bracket – the 55 and older — is just 2.7 percent compared to 3.7 percent for the overall population. That sounds like good news. Does that mean I should have a good chance of finding a job at age 62? I was previo...

August 14, 2019

Q. I am a 54-year-old single woman who just left Silicon Valley and heading back to Southern California for one reason. I could not find a technology-related position at a comparable level to my previous position. I think the problem was my age. Help me understand this...

March 10, 2019

Dear readers:

Recently as a guest lecturer at UCLA, I spoke on the theme of “Work & Retirement: The New Normal.” The lecture was part of a course called Frontiers in Aging that exposed freshman students to the many different disciplines that are part of gerontology. I w...

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