Ina Jaffe http://wuis.org en Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://wuis.org/post/will-tech-tool-help-manage-older-peoples-health-ask-dad Aging 2.0 may not sound like the hippest start-up in San Francisco, but it's part of an industry worth $2 billion and growing fast — technology to help older adults.<p>Katy Fike, 35, is the company's co-founder. She's devoted to making sure that older adults who are supposed to use the products are involved in their development.<p>That's especially important, because the creators of tech startups tend to be much younger than the intended users of their products. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:45:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28848 at http://wuis.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad NPR Survey Reveals Despised And Acceptable Terms For Aging http://wuis.org/post/npr-poll-reveals-despised-and-acceptable-terms-aging Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's Ina Jaffe covers aging. And on a recent program, we discussed a program that she's encountered on her beat - what to call the peeper she covers. Now this led to us asking you all for some terms. We polled our listeners, but listen back to what she told us in that first conversation.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: Maybe, once upon a time, elderly referred to a particular stage in life, but now people think of it as - means you're ailing and you're frail.<p>MONTAGNE: OK. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28801 at http://wuis.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://wuis.org/post/older-adults-are-fatter-ever-increasing-their-risk-illness <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAzaOZfgf0M</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28389 at http://wuis.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://wuis.org/post/how-your-state-rates-terms-long-term-care In just 12 years, the oldest members of the huge baby-boom generation will turn 80. Many will need some kind of long-term care. A new study from <a href="http://www.aarp.org/">AARP</a> says that care could vary dramatically in cost and quality depending on where they live.<p>The <a href="http://www.longtermscorecard.org/2014-scorecard#.U6I7qHamU1I">study </a>was motivated by a simple fact: The number of available <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168890934/workshops-help-families-grappling-with-alzheimers-home-care">family caregivers</a> is declining. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:04:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 27545 at http://wuis.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://wuis.org/post/oregon-end-life-orders-help-people-avoid-icu Do you know how or where you want to die? At home? In a hospital? What measures you want doctors to take to prolong your life? In Oregon and more than a dozen other states, adults who are old and frail have been answering these questions and doctors write them up as orders.<p>Those doctor-backed instructions help protect people from unwanted medical intervention, a study finds.<p>In Oregon these instructions are called Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or <a href="http://www.polst.org/programs-in-your-state/">POLST</a>. The orders are few, simple and to the point. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 26866 at http://wuis.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors http://wuis.org/post/spoon-shakes-counteract-hand-tremors Eating a bowl of cereal in the morning seems like such a simple thing, but it's close to impossible for some of the 1 million Americans who struggle with the tremors of Parkinson's disease.<p>There are also as many as 10 million Americans who have a disorder called essential tremor — sometimes mistaken for Parkinson's — which, when severe, also can make eating a struggle.<p>That's obvious when Joe Bremhorst tries to eat a bowl of Cheerios. His essential tremor is so strong that the cereal bounces right out of his spoon and back into the bowl. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 25041 at http://wuis.org A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies http://wuis.org/post/dancers-find-second-act-palm-springs-follies The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue designed for an audience who remembers when this sort of entertainment wasn't old fashioned. But it's not only for older people — it's by older people. The dancers range in age from 55 to 84.<p>The show, an institution in Palm Springs, is getting ready to wrap up its 23<sup>rd</sup> and final season in May.<p>All of the women and men on stage were professional dancers — and thanks to Follies co-founder Riff Markowitz, they still are. Wed, 07 May 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 24569 at http://wuis.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://wuis.org/post/never-too-late-more-older-adults-sold-entrepreneurship If you've ever been driven to rage and despair trying to pry open one of those plastic blister packs, Paul Tasner says it doesn't have to be that way. According to the 68-year-old Tasner, all it would take is for more products to use the packaging he's developed for his company, Pulpworks.<p>As you might guess from the name, it specializes in packaging made from pulp — from paper, cardboard, even sugarcane fiber — that's molded to fit a product.<p>"I just loved the idea of turning [what is] basically garbage into packaging," Tasner says.<p>His story isn't that unusual. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 22103 at http://wuis.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://wuis.org/post/thinking-retiring-consider-your-health The <a href="http://mussoandfrank.com/">Musso and Frank Grill</a> is a cherished time warp in Los Angeles. Once inside, you're in old Hollywood: The place is all dim lighting and curved booths, with a soundtrack featuring every song you ever heard in a black-and-white movie. It's a steak-and-martini kind of place.<p>And the guy who makes those famous martinis is Manuel "Manny" Aguirre. He's been mixing cocktails for 55 years, more than two decades of that behind the long bar here. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 21623 at http://wuis.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://wuis.org/post/less-financial-security-older-workers-stay-job The laboratories at The Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., look more like a bunch of stuff from the hardware store than the set from <em>Star Trek</em>. But physicist John Hurrell gazes at a nondescript collection of tubes with admiration. It's a transmission electron microscope.<p>"This is one of the pieces of equipment which will enable us to get down pretty well to atomic-level sensitivity," he says.<p>Hurrell is 75 years old. Technically, he's been retired for 10 years. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 21139 at http://wuis.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment http://wuis.org/post/third-nursing-home-patients-harmed-their-treatment On the last day of his life, Charles Caldwell was surrounded by seven members of his family, but no one thought he was dying. He was in a Dallas-area nursing home, recuperating from surgery to insert a feeding tube. Caldwell had Parkinson's disease. He'd "lost his ability to swallow," explains Caldwell's son-in-law, Bill Putnam.<p>Things began to go wrong, Putnam says, when a <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm">licensed practical nurse </a>gave Caldwell some medication through his feeding tube. The medicine wouldn't stay down. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:42:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 20261 at http://wuis.org A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://wuis.org/post/iso-romance-dating-sites-help-older-singles With nearly 40 percent of Americans over 50 single and many looking for love online, dating sites are catering to this fast-growing market.<p>Vicki Cherco, 58, of Libertyville, Ill., uses one called OurTime.com. Her most recent date went well. "He was good-looking and funny and nice and thoughtful and paid for everything and asked for my phone number and said he'd like to call me again," she says.<p>Even though the site caters to older adults, in Cherco's experience, not all of her dates act that mature. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 19704 at http://wuis.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless http://wuis.org/post/snowstorm-leave-parts-midwest-northeast-and-canada-powerless Christmas is less than merry and far from bright for hundreds of thousands of families from the upper Midwest to the far northeast and into Canada, where ice storms have downed power lines, leaving many households in the cold and dark.<p>This is the worst holiday week in the 126-year history of Michigan's largest power company, Consumers Energy. The outages began over the weekend, affecting nearly 350,000 customers. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 15718 at http://wuis.org Law Schools See Drop In First-Year Students http://wuis.org/post/law-schools-see-drop-first-year-students Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Could we be facing a shortage of lawyers? It hardly seems possible. But according to the American Bar Association, law schools are seeing their lowest number of first-year students since the 1970's.<p>NPR's Ina Jaffe has more.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: This year, there were fewer than 40,000 first-year law students, which still seems like a lot. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:37:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 15249 at http://wuis.org Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? http://wuis.org/post/will-seniors-leave-republicans-out-dry-2014 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Some of the Republican Party's most reliable support has come from voters over the age of 65. But a recent survey suggests this could be changing.<p>NPR's Ina Jaffe went to the Palm Springs to look at a congressional race where we might be seeing this change play out.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: At the weekly street market in Palm Desert, shoppers tend to be from Oregon or Canada or someplace that's cold and gloomy this time of year. The vendors, on the other hand, tend to be locals. Like 60-year-old Greg Thiesen, who sells make-up and shaving mirrors. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:49:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 14570 at http://wuis.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture http://wuis.org/post/despite-early-stages-alzheimers-affects-couples-big-picture <em>NPR has been following Pansy and Winston Greene, a California couple struggling with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. </em><em>Three years ago, Pansy learned she had Alzheimer's disease, and over this past summer, the couple told NPR that their day-to-day lives haven't changed much. That's still true. But on this second visit, they each seem to be looking at the future a bit differently.</em><p>Pansy Greene says her secret to maintaining a normal life is to keep active. She's almost never without a book of crossword puzzles; she reads her Bible daily, babysits her grandkids and goes for walks. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:28:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 13174 at http://wuis.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security http://wuis.org/post/when-fixed-income-means-getting-social-security Social Security has long been thought of as just part of a retirement plan — along with pensions and savings — but it turns out a lot of people depend on it for most of their income.<p>According to the Social Security Administration, nearly a quarter of older married couples and almost half of single retirees count on <a href="http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/basicfact.htm" target="_blank">Social Security for at least 90 percent of their income</a>.<p>Gilroy Hain proves that's not an easy life.<p>Payday comes on the third Wednesday of the month, and Hain, 64, has certain rituals. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 12035 at http://wuis.org When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young http://wuis.org/post/arguments-over-social-security-pit-old-vs-young Congress has until Jan. 15 to come up with another spending plan. As they negotiate, one thing you'll hear a lot about is overhauling entitlement programs — particularly Social Security.<p>The program accounts for about 20 percent of federal spending. One argument in favor of cuts is that Social Security amounts to a huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old.<p>One person making that argument is Stanley Druckenmiller, a retired hedge fund manager. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:28:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 11964 at http://wuis.org Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease http://wuis.org/post/delaying-aging-may-have-bigger-payoff-fighting-disease Curing cancer and eliminating heart disease has been the holy grail of medical research. But there could be even greater benefits if aging itself could be delayed, a study finds.<p>This is not quite as farfetched as it sounds. While the anti-aging "cures" being marketed these days are largely snake oil, in the laboratory scientists have managed to extend the lives of laboratory animals. And they have a better understanding of the mechanisms of biological aging.<p>That's good news if you're a lab rat, but at present there are no treatments that delay aging in people. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 10476 at http://wuis.org Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly http://wuis.org/post/hospital-patients-observation-status-can-prove-costly If you're on Medicare and you're in the hospital for a few days, you may think you're an inpatient. The hospital may have other ideas. Increasingly, hospitals are placing older patients on "observation status." They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.<p>This is a big deal for someone on Medicare because follow-up treatment in a nursing home isn't covered unless someone has been an inpatient for at least three days. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:43:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 8312 at http://wuis.org For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly Pickleball, Anyone? Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old http://wuis.org/post/pickleball-anyone-senior-athletes-play-new-games-and-old A lot of what you'd see at the National Senior Games looks familiar if you've ever watched the Summer Olympics: There's track and field, basketball and swimming. At the Summer Olympics, however, you will not hear voices in the crowd cheering "Go, Grandma!"<p>Everyone at these games is over 50, and they play some sports that will likely never appear at the Olympics. Here's a sample:<p><strong>Pickleball</strong><p>This is a new sport at the National Senior Games this year. It's halfway between tennis and pingpong, played on a court with a net. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 6529 at http://wuis.org Pickleball, Anyone? Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning http://wuis.org/post/age-hasnt-stopped-man-swimming-and-winning More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 — and some older than 90 — are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.<p>One of those is 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:16:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 6347 at http://wuis.org Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies http://wuis.org/post/seniors-flex-creative-muscles-retirement-arts-colonies Some famous writers, painters and musicians have done some of their best work in their later years — impressionist Claude Monet, for one. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 06:06:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 5252 at http://wuis.org Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition http://wuis.org/post/how-turn-red-state-blue-california-edition <em>All this week, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/196613711/texas-2020" target="_blank">NPR is taking a look</a> <em>at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.</em><p>Democrats who hope to turn Texas from red to blue are looking to California for inspiration.<p>Golden State Democrats now hold every single statewide office and big majorities in both houses of the Legislature. In the state that gave us Ronald Reagan, Republican registration has fallen below 30 percent. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:15:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 5085 at http://wuis.org How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition Despite Alzheimer's, Couple Holds Tight To Old Memories http://wuis.org/post/despite-alzheimers-couple-holds-tight-old-memories Right now, 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. One of them is 73-year-old Pansy Greene. She's in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and she and her husband, Winston, want people to know that so far, their daily lives have changed little despite the diagnosis.<p>They sit side by side on a loveseat in their den, each with a dog in his or her lap to cut down on the barking. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 4992 at http://wuis.org Despite Alzheimer's, Couple Holds Tight To Old Memories Plug Pulled On California Nuclear Plant, For Good http://wuis.org/post/plug-pulled-california-nuclear-plant-good Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Southern California, a nuclear power plant that supplied energy to more than a million homes is shutting down for good. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 3955 at http://wuis.org Automatic-Enrollment IRAs Get A Test Run In California http://wuis.org/post/automatic-enrollment-iras-get-test-run-california With all of the controversy over entitlement reform, there's one thing both sides can agree on: Social Security alone does not provide enough money for a comfortable retirement. For these workers, the Obama administration is proposing automatically enrolling workers in IRAs through their employers.<p>California adopted a version of this last year. Democratic state Sen. Kevin de Leon sponsored the bill to automatically enroll workers in an individual retirement account. The inspiration, he says, was his Aunt Francisca, who's 74.<p>"She's my second mother. Wed, 01 May 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 1982 at http://wuis.org Automatic-Enrollment IRAs Get A Test Run In California A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life' http://wuis.org/post/mothers-fight-against-3-strikes-law-way-life Since the November election, 240 California prisoners facing potential life sentences have been set free. That's because voters changed California's tough three strikes sentencing law.<p>As NPR reported in 2009, that law sent thousands of people to prison for terms of 25 years to life for minor, nonviolent crimes. Now those prisoners can ask the court to have their sentences reduced.<p>One of those set free under the new law is Shane Reams. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 1009 at http://wuis.org A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life'