Ina Jaffe http://wuwm.com en Study: Older Americans Aim To Stay Independent In Their Homes http://wuwm.com/post/study-older-americans-aim-stay-independent-their-homes Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Given a choice, most older Americans would rather stay home as they age. That's what about 90 percent would prefer according to a study by Georgetown University and technology giant, Philips. But staying at home may require home renovations which few people are considering. NPR's Ina Jaffe covers aging.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: If older adults already know what they want, which is to stay in their own homes as the age, why wouldn't they do what's necessary to make that more likely?<p>BILL NOVELLI: They're not quite sure where to start. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:28:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 35958 at http://wuwm.com Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://wuwm.com/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 35535 at http://wuwm.com Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://wuwm.com/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 35032 at http://wuwm.com Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://wuwm.com/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 34091 at http://wuwm.com How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://wuwm.com/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 33344 at http://wuwm.com In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Is Working Past Retirement Age An Antidote To Getting Old? http://wuwm.com/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 09:18:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 33063 at http://wuwm.com A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors http://wuwm.com/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 19:51:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 31350 at http://wuwm.com A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies http://wuwm.com/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 30836 at http://wuwm.com Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies Tech Giants Settle Class-Action Lawsuit http://wuwm.com/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 29973 at http://wuwm.com Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://wuwm.com/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 28218 at http://wuwm.com Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship