Ina Jaffe http://www.kplu.org en Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://www.kplu.org/post/older-adults-are-fatter-ever-increasing-their-risk-illness <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAzaOZfgf0M</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:32:17 +0000 Ina Jaffe 17503 at http://www.kplu.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://www.kplu.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 18:53:05 +0000 Ina Jaffe 17036 at http://www.kplu.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://www.kplu.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 22:26:36 +0000 Ina Jaffe 15589 at http://www.kplu.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://www.kplu.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 01:50:14 +0000 Ina Jaffe 15311 at http://www.kplu.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://www.kplu.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 21:55:16 +0000 Ina Jaffe 15008 at http://www.kplu.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://www.kplu.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 23:04:05 +0000 Ina Jaffe 14086 at http://www.kplu.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend http://www.kplu.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 21:36:59 +0000 Ina Jaffe 14022 at http://www.kplu.org Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease http://www.kplu.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. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 05:23:34 +0000 Ina Jaffe 10328 at http://www.kplu.org Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease When A Bad Economy Means Working 'Forever' http://www.kplu.org/post/when-bad-economy-means-working-forever <em>Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. In <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171698920/working-late-pushing-back-the-retirement-clock">Working Late</a>, a series for </em>Morning Edition<em>, NPR profiles older adults who are still in the workforce.</em><p>Janet Sims-Wood is a 67-year-old librarian living near Washington, D.C., who, like millions of other seniors, has had to stay in the workforce past retirement age to make ends meet. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:56:19 +0000 Ina Jaffe 7825 at http://www.kplu.org When A Bad Economy Means Working 'Forever'