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January 2009

More baby boomers delaying retirement, planning to work after retirement for health care benefits

Fifty-four percent of American workers will delay their retirement by at least one year due to the current economic situation, with 24 percent saying they’ll need to work more than five years. The current economic climate is adversely impacting the American workforce, according to research by the U.S. Division of... Read more →


25 things coming back in 2009 are familiar to baby boomers

Ironing, mashed potatoes, recreational fishing and camping, and Amway are among the 25 things WalletPop, a finance website, thinks will make a big comback in 2009. Baby boomers will remember many of them, such as the meat product Spam, well. The current state of the economy plays a big role... Read more →


Academy Award nominated movies often offer violence and sadness, occasionally inspiration

Since I wrote my last post on the Academy Awards’ nominations, I’ve seen six more of the nominated movies. One of the movies is about getting older, “The Wrestler,” but I wouldn’t recommend it for baby boomers. “Slumdog Millionaire” The story for “Slumdog Millionaire” is good, but the movie is... Read more →


100 ways baby boomers can improve their lives in 2009

It’s often difficult to remain cheerful in these turbulent economic times. News of more job layoffs. Banks and other financial institutions continuing to have problems. Businesses closing. Although the news can be discouraging, it’s important to think through what’s positive in your life and how to get more joy and... Read more →


What President Obama and Congress need to do for American consumers

In my last post, I looked at what President Obama said in his Inaugural address about consumer issues and discussed the challenges he faces in corralling the country’s strong special interests. Here’s what I think Obama, working with Congress, needs to accomplish for American consumers: Find a solution to the... Read more →


Martin Luther King advocated for a guaranteed income for all to eliminate poverty

When I was doing research on what Martin Luther King had to say about consumers, I was surprised to learn that he supported a guaranteed income for all Americans in his last book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” written in 1967. King said programs to improve... Read more →


Top health stories of 2008

Because baby boomers are health conscious, I’ve been looking for a listing of 2008’s best health news, but haven’t been able to find a consumer-oriented one. “In Case You Missed It: What Happened in Health in 2008,” the cover story for the December 2008 issue of the Health Letter, arrived... Read more →