Ina Jaffe http://wwno.org en Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://wwno.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 57522 at http://wwno.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://wwno.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. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:38:24 +0000 Ina Jaffe 57085 at http://wwno.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://wwno.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. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:38:10 +0000 Ina Jaffe 56488 at http://wwno.org A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment http://wwno.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. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:44:54 +0000 Ina Jaffe 56165 at http://wwno.org Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend http://wwno.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. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:55:07 +0000 Ina Jaffe 55919 at http://wwno.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://wwno.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 22:30:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 54788 at http://wwno.org Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless http://wwno.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 50800 at http://wwno.org Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? http://wwno.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 49712 at http://wwno.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture http://wwno.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 48249 at http://wwno.org When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security http://wwno.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 46940 at http://wwno.org