Ina Jaffe http://kuow.org en Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://kuow.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 31721 at http://kuow.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://kuow.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. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:16:47 +0000 Ina Jaffe 31339 at http://kuow.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://kuow.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 21:27:16 +0000 Ina Jaffe 30803 at http://kuow.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment http://kuow.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 17:38:23 +0000 Ina Jaffe 29969 at http://kuow.org A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://kuow.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 29438 at http://kuow.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend http://kuow.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 22:10:27 +0000 Ina Jaffe 29364 at http://kuow.org Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless http://kuow.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 26082 at http://kuow.org Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? http://kuow.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 25117 at http://kuow.org Homeless Population Shrinks Again, But Unevenly http://kuow.org/post/homeless-population-shrinks-third-year-row 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 21:29:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 24240 at http://kuow.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture http://kuow.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 23963 at http://kuow.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security http://kuow.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 22993 at http://kuow.org When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young http://kuow.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 08:22:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 22913 at http://kuow.org Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease http://kuow.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 23:02:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 21669 at http://kuow.org Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly http://kuow.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 19668 at http://kuow.org For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly Pickleball, Anyone? Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old http://kuow.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 17679 at http://kuow.org Pickleball, Anyone? Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old