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April 2009

Getting the retirement you want in these tough economic times

These difficult economic times are changing retirement plans for many baby boomers. Some boomers are delaying retirement. Others are looking at options for retirement that they hadn’t considered before, such as moving to a lower cost community or working part time. Regardless of your situation, it’s more important than ever... Read more →


The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Philips Senseo one-cup coffeemakers

About 155,000 Philips Senseo one-cup coffeemakers are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. An electrical fault and the build-up of calcium from hard or medium water can cause an obstruction in the coffeemaker. If this happens, the boiler can burst, posing a burn hazard to consumers, according... Read more →


Pesticides are harmful to you, your children, grandchildren, pets, and the environment

Since I was a child, I’ve been concerned about pesticide exposure. Growing up in Central Washington, I was sprayed with pesticide drift from airplanes when I was walking down the road. I also thinned apples as a teen in trees that were dripping with pesticides. My dad, Minor H. Slingsby,... Read more →


Organic Consumers Association offers tips on Earth Day for greener baby boomer living

I caught Ryan Zinn, 34, national campaign coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association, just before he was headed out the door on Earth Day to help a school class in his neighborhood organize a vegetable garden. Zinn said the association is seeing encouraging trends in the organic food movement and... Read more →


Say ‘no’ to your TV, computer for Turnoff Week

For years, I’ve been concerned about the amount of time people spend watching television. There’s so much that can be accomplished, including community-enhancing projects, but instead Americans are glued to their TV sets. Now with the emergence of the Internet and video games, the American obsession with the screen continues.... Read more →


The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Fitness balls by EB Brands

About 3 million Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo, and Body Fit fitness balls are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Manufactured by EB Brands, of Yonkers, New York, the fitness balls, if overinflated, can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.... Read more →