Ina Jaffe http://nhpr.org en Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://nhpr.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 51540 at http://nhpr.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad NPR Survey Reveals Despised And Acceptable Terms For Aging http://nhpr.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 51491 at http://nhpr.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://nhpr.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 51151 at http://nhpr.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://nhpr.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 50473 at http://nhpr.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://nhpr.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 49908 at http://nhpr.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Is Working Past Retirement Age An Antidote To Getting Old? http://nhpr.org/post/working-past-retirement-age-antidote-getting-old Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The word retirement is losing its meaning. A new study finds that almost half the people who say they are retired are still working or have worked in the recent past. Nearly three quarters of baby boomers who are not yet retired say they plan to stay on the job past retirement age. NPR's Ina Jaffe has more.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: This is a dictionary definition of retirement.<p>KEN DYCHTWALD: It says, to disappear, to withdraw and go away.<p>JAFFE: Well, that's not what it means anymore, says Ken Dychtwald. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 49727 at http://nhpr.org A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors http://nhpr.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 48426 at http://nhpr.org A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies http://nhpr.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 48039 at http://nhpr.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://nhpr.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 21:06:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 45616 at http://nhpr.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://nhpr.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 45266 at http://nhpr.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job Why Older Adults Have A Hard Time Letting Their Stuff Go http://nhpr.org/post/why-older-adults-have-hard-time-letting-their-stuff-go A study finds that people over 50 have difficulty getting rid of unneeded possessions. Some of this is for emotional reasons and some of it for physical ones. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 44781 at http://nhpr.org A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment http://nhpr.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 44598 at http://nhpr.org A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://nhpr.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 22:22:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 44146 at http://nhpr.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend http://nhpr.org/post/older-americans-breakups-are-causing-graying-divorce-trend For baby boomers, divorce has almost become, like marriage, another rite of passage. The post-World War II generation is setting <a href="http://psychsocgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/6/731.full.pdf+html" target="_blank">new records for divorce</a>: Americans over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced as people of that age were 20 years ago.<p>But just because it's more common, doesn't mean it's not still painful.<p>Jim Campbell, 55, of Boulder, Colo., says he and his wife grew apart after 34 years together. "The No. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 44078 at http://nhpr.org Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend Brain Training Results In Older Adults Can Last For Years http://nhpr.org/post/brain-training-results-older-adults-can-last-years Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Let's hear now about what really seems to work for older people looking to sharpen their cognitive skills and hoping not to lose them too soon.<p>NPR's Ina Jaffe has more on what a large-scale study found.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: It's common sense that older adults have a better quality of life if they keep their minds active. That's one reason for the popularity of, say, crossword puzzles. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:06:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 41936 at http://nhpr.org