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

November 1, 2018

Dear readers,

Each October I write an anniversary column that reflects some of what I have learned from our readers during this past year. Every so often someone asks me, “Are you still writing the column?” The answer is yes. After 17 years and almost 850 columns, there...

October 11, 2018

Q.  I am a real estate appraiser and recently married a retired man who also is widowed. I plan to continue working and do much of my work at home. Any tips on how to manage this working-woman and retired-man relationship? J.F.

Dear J.F.

Consider yourself a pioneer....

August 29, 2018

Q. I am 75 years old and have a relationship question. I am in love with a woman who lives two thousand miles away. She has a deep affection for me but prefers to live alone – without me. Needless to say, I would like to move in with her. We both are widowed. Any advic...

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...

April 19, 2018

Dear readers,

Last week, we presented a quiz on myths about social isolation and loneliness in order to challenge some assumptions about older adults. This week we present a few initiatives to address the problem.

Let’s first review a variety of factors affecting the abi...

April 12, 2018

Dear readers:

Loneliness and social isolation in the U.S. is a growing epidemic affecting over eight million older adults, according to the AARP Foundation. To increase our awareness about this epidemic, take this brief true-false quiz which may challenge some of our as...

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