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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Whittier Daily News

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Santa Barbara Sun

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Orange County Register

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March 22, 2019

Q. I recently retired for the second time as a health-care business owner. Here is what is hitting me: Many friends have become ill, some have passed away, and neighbors are moving into retirement communities or areas close to their children. In wanting to downsize, I...

March 14, 2019

Q: My father, an 88-year-old retired dentist, lives 3000 miles from me and owns only a flip-top phone. I would like him to have a smartphone so I could text him and he could have my phone number handy should there be an emergency. I doubt he will attend a class on how...

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...

July 5, 2018

Q.  I am an older woman who was terminated from my job after 25 years. The company was sold and I was replaced by a millennial tech wizard. The new owner did not like me and treated me as though I knew nothing – even told me to shut up. On to another job, which had a c...

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...

March 18, 2018

Dear readers,

Technology has become one of the hottest areas of innovation in aging. I recently had the opportunity to attend the conference “Aging into the Future: Transforming Lives through Technology and Innovation” presented by St. Barnabas Senior Services. Held at...

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