Ina Jaffe http://wnku.org en Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://wnku.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 37745 at http://wnku.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://wnku.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 37481 at http://wnku.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care http://wnku.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 37013 at http://wnku.org How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU http://wnku.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 36635 at http://wnku.org In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://wnku.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 34098 at http://wnku.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless http://wnku.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 30725 at http://wnku.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture http://wnku.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 13:03:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 29423 at http://wnku.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security http://wnku.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 28813 at http://wnku.org When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young http://wnku.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 08:28:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28764 at http://wnku.org Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease http://wnku.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 22:34:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28032 at http://wnku.org Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease