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

July 26, 2018

QI am in my mid 60s, live alone and never had children. Many of my friends talk about how their children and grandchildren are such a large part of their lives. I don’t have this. How do I look ahead and plan for a time when I will likely need help and there won’t be...

July 11, 2018

Dear readers.

I recently had three questions that dealt with the same topic: Too much paper. Reader No. 1 kept records and notes from students she counseled on careers 40 years ago. Reader No. 2 retained his doctoral dissertation notes from 30 years ago. Reader No. 3 de...

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...

December 20, 2017

Question: On a trip last year my 7-year-old asked me if she could use my iPhone. Of course I said, “Yes.” She ended up spending a great deal of time on it while we were together, which concerned me. Since I will be seeing her again soon, how do I manage this? Y.T.


November 9, 2017

Q. My mother is 83 and has early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and also has been diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder. She lives alone and refuses to take her medication. I am frustrated that I cannot change her mind or behavior. When she is on medication she feels and ac...

November 2, 2017

Dear readers,

This week is part two of the 16th anniversary column reflecting what I learned from our readers during the past year.

Here are some themes.

Birthdays: Eighteen months before her 60th birthday Ms. M. began to look for the 80 girls with whom she...

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