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

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November 27, 2017

Dear readers,

As a continuation from last week — M.K. is frustrated because his mother who has Alzheimer’s disease and a bipolar disorder refuses to take her medication.

He is looking for ways to overcome her resistance.  He also wants to know if he is genetically v...

November 9, 2017

Q. My mother is 83 and has early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and also has been diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder. She lives alone and refuses to take her medication. I am frustrated that I cannot change her mind or behavior. When she is on medication she feels and ac...

October 6, 2017

Q: I have read that laughter and having a sense of humor may help us live longer.  Any truth to this?  Also when is a joke about aging funny and when is it insulting?  What’s your take on this?  Many thanks.

—  N.S.

A: Dear N.S:

There is some truth to what...

August 29, 2017

Q I am 79 years old and soon will be celebrating my 80th birthday. Although I am grateful to have lived this long I feel so different about this birthday. I recently dreamed that I was about to wander through an arch and at the last minute stopped, which is when I woke...

July 1, 2017

Q You’ve been excellent in teaching me how to avoid falls in my home. At 79, an even bigger problem is how I can avoid falling outside of my home? Note I walk my dog daily at the beach and want to stay on my feet. Many thanks. 

– L.S.

A Dear L.S.:

Indeed, staying on your...

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...

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