Ina Jaffe http://wkms.org en ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles http://wkms.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 38917 at http://wkms.org ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? http://wkms.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 11:49:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 37179 at http://wkms.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture http://wkms.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 36634 at http://wkms.org Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young http://wkms.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 36138 at http://wkms.org Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly http://wkms.org/post/hospital-patients-observation-status-can-prove-costly If you're on Medicare and you're in the hospital for a few days, you may think you're an inpatient. The hospital may have other ideas. Increasingly, hospitals are placing older patients on "observation status." They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.<p>This is a big deal for someone on Medicare because follow-up treatment in a nursing home isn't covered unless someone has been an inpatient for at least three days. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:43:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 34559 at http://wkms.org For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly Pickleball, Anyone? Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old http://wkms.org/post/pickleball-anyone-senior-athletes-play-new-games-and-old A lot of what you'd see at the National Senior Games looks familiar if you've ever watched the Summer Olympics: There's track and field, basketball and swimming. At the Summer Olympics, however, you will not hear voices in the crowd cheering "Go, Grandma!"<p>Everyone at these games is over 50, and they play some sports that will likely never appear at the Olympics. Here's a sample:<p><strong>Pickleball</strong><p>This is a new sport at the National Senior Games this year. It's halfway between tennis and pingpong, played on a court with a net. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 33560 at http://wkms.org Pickleball, Anyone? Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning http://wkms.org/post/age-hasnt-stopped-man-swimming-and-winning More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 — and some older than 90 — are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.<p>One of those is 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:16:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 33454 at http://wkms.org Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies http://wkms.org/post/seniors-flex-creative-muscles-retirement-arts-colonies Some famous writers, painters and musicians have done some of their best work in their later years — impressionist Claude Monet, for one. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 06:06:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 32781 at http://wkms.org Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition http://wkms.org/post/how-turn-red-state-blue-california-edition <em>All this week, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/196613711/texas-2020" target="_blank">NPR is taking a look</a> <em>at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.</em><p>Democrats who hope to turn Texas from red to blue are looking to California for inspiration.<p>Golden State Democrats now hold every single statewide office and big majorities in both houses of the Legislature. In the state that gave us Ronald Reagan, Republican registration has fallen below 30 percent. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:15:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 32671 at http://wkms.org How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition Despite Alzheimer's, Couple Holds Tight To Old Memories http://wkms.org/post/despite-alzheimers-couple-holds-tight-old-memories Right now, 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. One of them is 73-year-old Pansy Greene. She's in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and she and her husband, Winston, want people to know that so far, their daily lives have changed little despite the diagnosis.<p>They sit side by side on a loveseat in their den, each with a dog in his or her lap to cut down on the barking. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 32615 at http://wkms.org Despite Alzheimer's, Couple Holds Tight To Old Memories