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March 2009

Alice Waters and the locally grown, organic food movement

It brought back memories. The movie “Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good” shows scenes from Berkeley, Calif., in the early 1970s when the Counterculture Movement was blossoming. Baby boomers, looking great in their hippie clothes, are demonstrating against the Vietnam War, discrimination, and conspicuous consumption and gathering to support... Read more →


David Korten calls for new economy based on real values, wealth

If you like Yes! Magazine, you’ll love David Korten’s new book “Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth.” Korten, cofounder of the Positive Futures Network, electrified his audience at the Seattle Green Festival this weekend with his plan to get America’s financial system on a more... Read more →


The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Children’s fishing poles distributed by Zebco

About 2,700 children’s fishing poles are being recalled by the distributor W.C. Bradley/Zebco Holdings Inc., doing business as Zebco Brands, of Tulsa, Okla. The paint on the reels of these fishing poles contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety... Read more →


AARP launches interactive map on top-rated hospitals across America

A new interactive map listing the top-ranked hospitals in the U.S. by geographic area is available from AARP The Magazine. Compiled by Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit organization, the listing is available online on the magazine’s Web site. Consumers’ Checkbook surveyed doctors from across the country and collected 140,000 ratings of... Read more →


10 questions to help baby boomers select a brain fitness program

To help consumers and professionals sort through the growing number of programs making "brain fitness" or "brain training" claims, SharpBrains offers a checklist called “10 Questions to Choose the Right Brain Fitness Program.” Are there scientists, ideally neuropsychologists, and a scientific advisory board behind the program? Neuropsychologists specialize in measuring... Read more →


Are health care, education, and government good places for older workers to find jobs now?

It’s difficult for older workers to find jobs. It’s especially trying during this recession because older workers are often the first to be laid off and offered early retirement deals. Citing a 5.9 percent unemployment rate in January 2009 among workers age 55 and older, U.S. News & World Report... Read more →


The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Girls’ shoes from Nordstrom

About 31,000 girls’ shoes imported by Nordstrom, of Seattle, Wash., are being recalled because surface paint on the outer sole of the shoes contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Six styles are involved in the recall: “Clarice-Fab”... Read more →


Organic Transitions offers way to survive and thrive in turbulent times

The Organic Consumers Association is offering a new grassroots campaign called Organic Transitions. It’s designed to mobilize consumers and local communities to begin planning and carrying out transition strategies to help people survive and thrive in the turbulent times ahead. Using this new model, organic food and farming will provide... Read more →


Baby boomer Michelle Obama planting White House organic vegetable garden

It’s exciting that Michelle Obama, a baby boomer, is organizing an organic garden at the White House. It’s a good way to show people you can get really wonderful, organic vegetables by growing your own garden. And, it’s great way to save money during tough economic times. Obama will also... Read more →