Ina Jaffe http://wfae.org en Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://wfae.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 54476 at http://wfae.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://wfae.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 54040 at http://wfae.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://wfae.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 53214 at http://wfae.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://wfae.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 52556 at http://wfae.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Is Working Past Retirement Age An Antidote To Getting Old? http://wfae.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 09:10:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 52321 at http://wfae.org A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors http://wfae.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 50860 at http://wfae.org A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies http://wfae.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 50435 at http://wfae.org Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies Tech Giants Settle Class-Action Lawsuit http://wfae.org/post/tech-giants-settle-class-action-lawsuit Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Four tech giants, including Apple and Google, settled a class action lawsuit on Thursday - 64,000 workers claimed the companies conspired to hold down salaries. The plaintiffs will reportedly receive over $300 million, far short of what they were seeking.<p>NPR's Ina Jaffe reports.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: The plaintiffs were software engineers, animators, programmers and other technology workers employed by Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 49690 at http://wfae.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://wfae.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 48156 at http://wfae.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://wfae.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 47220 at http://wfae.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job