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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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

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May 1, 2020

Several weeks ago, I wrote a column about retired women and their adjustment to the early phase of COVID-19. It seems timely to get a sense how men in later life are dealing with this unprecedented time.  To get a snapshot of what is happening on the ground, I spoke to...

March 27, 2020

Q. As a 73-year old healthy retired widow, I am having trouble with another transition just when I had the “retirement piece” all worked out. I had a great career, a fulfilling retirement and now am self-quarantined. The transition from work to retirement and now to is...

March 15, 2020

Your column a few weeks ago about friendship and your perfect friends left me feeling lacking because my friends are not perfect. I imagine I am not the only person who feels that way. I faithfully read your column and usually appreciate the information and guidance yo...

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 14, 2020

I am concerned about my 83-year old husband. He has arthritis and a well-managed heart condition. Neither of these are of great concern to me. What worries me is his mood. He is sleeping a lot, not shaving, his appetite has changed and just seems down and out. I am sur...

January 11, 2020

Q. I have a pet peeve with many reporters and journalists who use the term “75-year-old grandma (or grandpa) was blah, blah,blah.” I am a great-grandmother, a working accountant, a homemaker, a wife, a board member and so on. If I were to describe myself, I would say I...

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