Ina Jaffe http://kgou.org en Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship http://kgou.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 21:20:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 26396 at http://kgou.org Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health http://kgou.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. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 25929 at http://kgou.org Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job http://kgou.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 25459 at http://kgou.org With Less Financial Security, Older Workers Stay On The Job A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment http://kgou.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. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:18:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 24590 at http://kgou.org A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://kgou.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 22:53:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 24031 at http://kgou.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend http://kgou.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. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:58:04 +0000 Ina Jaffe 23992 at http://kgou.org Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless http://kgou.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 19914 at http://kgou.org Law Schools See Drop In First-Year Students http://kgou.org/post/law-schools-see-drop-first-year-students Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Could we be facing a shortage of lawyers? It hardly seems possible. But according to the American Bar Association, law schools are seeing their lowest number of first-year students since the 1970's.<p>NPR's Ina Jaffe has more.<p>INA JAFFE, BYLINE: This year, there were fewer than 40,000 first-year law students, which still seems like a lot. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:37:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 19435 at http://kgou.org Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? http://kgou.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 18755 at http://kgou.org Homeless Population Shrinks Again, But Unevenly http://kgou.org/post/homeless-population-shrinks-third-year-row The number of homeless people in the U.S. has declined for the third straight year. New numbers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development show a large decrease in the number of homeless veterans. Though there are still large numbers of homeless, mainly concentrated in large cities, including New York City and Los Angeles. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 17669 at http://kgou.org