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

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...

October 26, 2017

Dear readers,

Each October, I write an anniversary column to reflect on what I have learned from our readers during this past year. After completing 16 years and almost 800 columns, I ask myself, “Is there more to write about?”

The answer, “Yes.”

One reason is that aging...

October 20, 2017

Q. We recently had a terrible experience with a board and care home. My mother who has dementia was not cared for, although the staff indicated they had experience with dementia patients. For four days she was not bathed and was not approached to engage in any activiti...

October 10, 2017

Q.  I am about to turn 60 years old and want this birthday to feel special. I am a baby boomer and refuse to think of myself as “old.”  What can I do to celebrate this time of life so it’s memorable and positive? Many thanks. N.P.

A. Dear N.P.
Kudos to you on your 60th...

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