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Helen Dennis

Specialist in Aging, Employment, and the New Retirement
Guest blogger, Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College


Helen Dennis is a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging, employment, and retirement. In the academic environment, she has received awards for her university teaching at the Andrus Gerontology Center, within the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology. Editor of two books, author of more than 40 articles, and popular speaker, she is a weekly columnist on Successful Aging for three southern California newspapers —reaching almost 1 million readers in print and more online. In the area of retirement planning, Helen has helped more than 10,000 employees to prepare for the nonfinancial aspects of their next chapters in life. These include senior corporate executives, mid-level managers, factory workers, university faculty and staff, physicians, engineers, and clergy.

In her volunteer life, Helen is past chair of five nonprofit organizations and is coauthor of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women. 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 Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Christian Science Monitor, and network news.