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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February 22, 2020

Dear readers,

I rarely discuss my own personal experiences for this column. This week is different. Here’s the story and it’s about friends. 

Last year around this time, I met for a couple of days with two women with whom I went to college. We have known each other since...

February 8, 2020

Dear readers. 

Last week’s column addressed S.M.’s concerns about mitigating the risks of falling given that several of her friends have fallen with serious medical consequences. We addressed how to keep our bodies fit to counteract normal age-related changes that can a...

February 1, 2020

Q. I have several friends who have taken bad falls that resulted in a broken wrist, concussion and even a brain bleed. I am 81 and want to avoid ending up in the same situation. I know that aging in itself places me at risk. Can you share some key tips that will lessen...

December 11, 2019

Q. My 88-year-old aunt has hosted holiday dinners for many years. This year, she once again decided to have the family Thanksgiving dinner at her home and as usual was reluctant to accept help. As the date drew closer, we realized she had done nothing to prepare for th...

November 22, 2019

Q. We hear that old age is not for sissies. Yet much of what I read describes aging in the most positive terms. Where is the balance when we talk about getting old? For some it’s not fun. D.H.

Dear D.H.

Indeed, it’s important to be realistic when it comes to aging.

H...

November 8, 2019

Dear readers,

Each fall, I write an anniversary column that reflects some of what I have learned from our readers during this past year. It’s been 18 years, and almost 900 columns later that I find there is still more to write because aging cuts across everything from p...

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