Ina Jaffe http://kwit.org en Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://kwit.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 47968 at http://kwit.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad NPR Survey Reveals Despised And Acceptable Terms For Aging http://kwit.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 47932 at http://kwit.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://kwit.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 47556 at http://kwit.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://kwit.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 46794 at http://kwit.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://kwit.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 46175 at http://kwit.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Is Working Past Retirement Age An Antidote To Getting Old? http://kwit.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 45946 at http://kwit.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies http://kwit.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 44158 at http://kwit.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://kwit.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 42046 at http://kwit.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Why Older Adults Have A Hard Time Letting Their Stuff Go http://kwit.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 40649 at http://kwit.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://kwit.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 39953 at http://kwit.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles