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What will you do once you’re fully vaccinated?

From buying red sports cars to strolling through supermarkets, there is a range of available activities becoming possible. What will you do once you’re fully vaccinated? Here’s what some older adults did – Daily News By Helen Dennis | | PUBLISHED: April 4, 2021 I am on day 17 post-second vaccine and feeling cautiously […]

Some positive trends in the way we view aging offer hopeful signs

By HELEN DENNIS | |PUBLISHED: November 29, 2020 at 7:28 a.m. | UPDATED: November 29, 2020 at 7:28 a.m. Dear readers, I recently was interviewed by geropsychologist and author Joseph Casciani on his radio show “Living to 100 Club,” heard on the Voice of America Network, Health and Wellness channel. The show is designed to help older adults live their best […]

I retired and realized I have too few friends and too much stuff.

By HELEN DENNIS | |PUBLISHED: March 21, 2019 at 11:06 a.m. | UPDATED: March 21, 2019 at 11:07 a.m. 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 […]

Successful Aging: If I believe my friend is driving with dementia, should I speak up?

By HELEN DENNIS | |PUBLISHED: November 8, 2018 at 5:49 a.m. | UPDATED: November 8, 2018 at 5:49 a.m Q. I recently traveled with a friend to Alaska and noticed she seemed a bit confused. Shortly after arriving home, we made some social engagements; she couldn’t keep the dates, times or locations straight, even after I reviewed them with her about four […]

Working After 50

I would like to share some thoughts as a result from participating in the AARP conference Work@50+ recently held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The attendance was exceptional  – 1,000 people with at least three quarters of them looking for work. It’s one thing to read the unemployment figures to be well informed. It’s […]

Include Social Security in retirement planning

Question: I am 55 years old and thinking about my retirement. Given my projected income, I will have to depend on Social Security to some extent. What are the basic facts and will it be there for me? My friends doubt it. – J.D. Dear J.D.: This topic is a hot one that won’t go […]

Learning to date after losing a spouse

Question: My father is 80 years old and lost his wife of 60 years about six months ago. He moved to a retirement community with lots of available women. The problem is that his first try at dating has backfired. He is distraught over what he perceives as a failure. I think he moved too […]

Some new aspects and trends about retirement

Dear Readers: Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Daily Breeze’s fourth annual Successful Aging Expo. It was a great success. Health and fitness were strong themes, as were financial, social, residential and educational opportunities. It was great to see nonprofit organizations represented.

Playing and laughing aren’t just for kids

Question: I recently had coffee with two good friends. The three of us are in our late 60s and recently retired from substantial positions. My friends described their activities with comments about their value – or lack of value. For example, one friend said, “I’m going to a popular television show with my daughter … […]

Develop a plan for how to age successfully

Dear Readers: Successful aging is like world peace. Everyone is for it, but they’re not sure how to make it happen. However, while most of us can explain what world peace means, that’s not the case with successful aging. One reason is that “success” is an ambiguous term. Additionally, the shifting meaning of successful aging […]