National Desk Correspondent, NPR West
Ina Jaffe is a veteran NPR correspondent covering the aging of America in all its variety. Her stories on Morning Edition and All Things Considered have focused on older adults’ involvement in politics and elections, dating and divorce, work and retirement, fashion and sports, as well as issues affecting long-term care and end of life choices. She also has a regular spot on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon called “1 in 5” where she discusses issues relevant to the 1/5 of the U.S. population that will be 65 years old or more by 2030. Read More >
The New Age of Aging
In a few years, a fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 years old or more. But the lives of older Americans are changing rapidly. They're in the workforce longer. Advances in technology are helping them remain independent longer. And baby boomers — who reinvented youth culture — seem bent on doing the same thing with our notions of aging. In fact, the lives of older adults are changing so rapidly, we don't even agree on the words we should use to describe people in this time of life. Read More >
These are the issues and trends that NPR Correspondent Ina Jaffe covers in her reporting. She shares her own journey of discovery by introducing the audience to some of the remarkable and inspiring people she's encountered in her work. Read Less ^
Thirty years have been added to the human lifespan in little more than a century. This unprecedented growth makes lifelong learning a necessity. Ina Jaffe, NPR's correspondent covering aging, discusses how lifelong learning has affected her life and career. She also talks about research showing that lifelong learning leads to better physical and mental health as we age.
"Ina Jaffe is a quick-witted radio journalist who is taking her professional experience covering challenging societal issues such as homeless vets to the tackling of emerging stories about life and love in aging populations. Her candor and curiosity are benchmarks evolving into her singular voice."