About the Author
Helen is a nationally recognized expert on issues of aging, employment and retirement, receiving received awards for her teaching at the University of Southern California’s Andrus Gerontology Center and for her contributions to the field of aging. She is co-author the Los Angeles Times best seller book Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women (Scribner March 2008) with Bernice Bratter.
She is a frequent speaker and weekly columnist on “Successful Aging” for the Daily Breeze and six additional newspapers. In the area of planning, Helen has assisted over 10,000 corporate and university employees to prepare for the non-financial aspects of their retirement. Her research on employment and retirement issues has been conducted for The Conference Board, AARP, UC Berkeley and the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Awards for her teaching and contributions to the field include the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Francis Townsend Award from the California State University, Long Beach and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Southern California Andrus Associates. She also has been named in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America and Women in American Business. The Carson Coordinating Council named her one of the Magnificent Women and the Mayor and City of Torrance awarded her the 2008 Older American Award.
Helen is past board chair of H.E.L.P. (Healthcare and Elder Law Programs) and national chair of the Business Forum on Aging of the American Society on Aging. Additionally she has been president of three additional non-profit organizations.
Fully engaged in the field of aging, she was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and has had extensive experience with the media including Prime Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Sacramento Bee and the Christian Science Monitor.