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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San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Santa Barbara Sun

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August 19, 2017

Last week, L.S., who loved her work and achieved national recognition is struggling with the loss of identity in her retirement. Teaching engineers and managers from one-hour lectures to full five days at a time, she noted her sense of self-worth was in direct response...

June 4, 2017

This is the sixth year I have had the pleasure of participating in a conversation with eight men and eight women to discuss considerations, challenges and opportunities of a new life stage — some call retirement.

Cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson commented...

May 8, 2017

Dear Readers,

Older adults are taking center stage, not as members of a dance troupe, chorale or symphony, but to be featured performers for Older Americans Month. And that month is May.

This year’s theme is “Age out Loud,” a take-off on the acronym LOL, meaning laugh ou...

April 30, 2017

Q Please settle an argument for me. My husband insists that we get less creative as we get older. I say no, that age has nothing to do with creativity. My husband is an engineer and I am a teacher. We both are 63 years old. Who is right? 

— P. L.

A Dear P.L.:

Actually, yo...

March 19, 2017

Q My closest friend and mentor just died at age 77. She was married to the love of her life for 55 years. One week after the funeral, her husband suffered a severe heart attack, missed her funeral and is now in the Intensive Care Unit. Is this unusual? Do you have any...

January 31, 2017

Q I have been thinking about the concept of legacy over the past few years and saw an article in the AARP Bulletin asking “what will your legacy be?” I’d like to hear your thoughts on the scope of what legacy might include, particularly beyond financial considerations....

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