Ina Jaffe http://publicradioeast.org en California's Death Penalty Declared Unconstitutional http://publicradioeast.org/post/californias-death-penalty-declared-unconstitutional Unlike many recent death penalty rulings, the decision wasn't focused on the method of execution, but on the fact that executions in California are so rarely carried out. The last was in 2006. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 46586 at http://publicradioeast.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://publicradioeast.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 45859 at http://publicradioeast.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad NPR Survey Reveals Despised And Acceptable Terms For Aging http://publicradioeast.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 45816 at http://publicradioeast.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://publicradioeast.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 45310 at http://publicradioeast.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://publicradioeast.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 44326 at http://publicradioeast.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://publicradioeast.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 43494 at http://publicradioeast.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Is Working Past Retirement Age An Antidote To Getting Old? http://publicradioeast.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 43174 at http://publicradioeast.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies http://publicradioeast.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 40744 at http://publicradioeast.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://publicradioeast.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 21:27:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 37858 at http://publicradioeast.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://publicradioeast.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 37311 at http://publicradioeast.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://publicradioeast.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 36752 at http://publicradioeast.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job Why Older Adults Have A Hard Time Letting Their Stuff Go http://publicradioeast.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 36051 at http://publicradioeast.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://publicradioeast.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 22:28:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 35155 at http://publicradioeast.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend http://publicradioeast.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 21:34:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 35074 at http://publicradioeast.org Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend Brain Training Results In Older Adults Can Last For Years http://publicradioeast.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 32124 at http://publicradioeast.org Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless http://publicradioeast.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 30653 at http://publicradioeast.org Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? http://publicradioeast.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 12:04:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 29392 at http://publicradioeast.org Homeless Population Shrinks Again, But Unevenly http://publicradioeast.org/post/homeless-population-shrinks-again-unevenly The number of homeless people in the U.S. has declined for the third straight year. New numbers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development show a large decrease in the number of homeless veterans. Though there are still large numbers of homeless, mainly concentrated in large cities, including New York City and Los Angeles. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28262 at http://publicradioeast.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture http://publicradioeast.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 27886 at http://publicradioeast.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security http://publicradioeast.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 26671 at http://publicradioeast.org When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security