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May 2009

The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: HP and Compaq notebook computer batteries

About 70,000 lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Imported by Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., the batteries were manufactured in China. The... Read more →

Tell makers of household cleaners you want to know what’s in the cleaners you use

Household cleaner manufacturing giants want to keep secret the chemical ingredients in their products and the health risks they pose. But you can take action to let these corporations know you want the truth. Tell them consumers need a full list of ingredients and disclosure of their impacts to health.... Read more →

The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Wagner paint sprayers

About 35,000 Wagner Paint Sprayers, imported by Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Plymouth, Minn., are being recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The on-off switch can be dislodged from the casing, resulting in exposure of electrical connections, the commission reports. This can pose an electrical shock hazard... Read more →

What to buy a baby boomer mom for Mother’s Day

About 35 million baby boomers are mothers. What kind of gifts do baby boomers like to receive on Mother’s Day? Flowers, chocolates, and perfumes are always popular as are jewelry, candy, clothing, housewares, and gift certificates. Books, music, or an MP3 player also may be good selections. has a... Read more →