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August 2012

This week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival offers tips on summer reading, aging trends, encore careers, and French cooking

By Rita R. Robison Tom Sightings of Sightings from 60 is this week’s host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #273. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. In “The August Blogging Boomers Carnival,” you’ll find information on... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Expanded recall of cantaloupes by Burch Equipment, with the addition of honeydew melons

Photo: Luigi Riganese North Carolina-based Burch Equipment is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons that may remain on the market because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date, Burch Equipment said in a statement. A... Read more →


How will trends in aging, such as increasing housing costs and rates of diabetes, affect your aging?

By Rita R. Robison The baby boomers are coming. It’s no secret that the increasing number of boomers is changing everything about retirement. While boomers are looking at new ways to retire and government agencies and the health care industry are struggling to get ready, some trends are worth looking... Read more →


Top 10 consumer complaints in the nation

Cars, credit, and home repair and construction again topped the list of complaints made to state and local consumer protection agencies, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. Thirty-eight agencies from across the United States provided information about the most... Read more →


BBB: Watch out for election-related scams

By Rita R. Robison Scammers are already gearing up for this year’s presidential election, from robocalls offering a “free cruise” for taking a political survey, to promises that President Obama will pay your utility bill. The Better Business Bureau is advising voters to be on the lookout for the growing... Read more →


This week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival discusses second careers

By Rita R. Robison John Agno of So Baby Boomer is this week’s host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #372. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. Since most baby boomers believe that they’ll still be working... Read more →


Recall of the Week: GE dishwashers due to fire hazard

By Rita R. Robison GE Appliances is recalling about 1.3 million GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile, and Hotpoint dishwashers. An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. GE has received 15... Read more →


Completing a photo book is this week best consumer experience while Safeway customer service disappoints

By Rita R. Robison As usual, one terrific consumer experience stands out while I’m still annoyed about another. My best consumer experience: Finishing a 50-page photo book This spring, I proposed to a friend to make a photo book of her historical exhibits and events, many of which I’d photographed.... Read more →


Which states have the worst toxic air pollution from power plants?

By Rita R. Robison Consumers deserve clean air, but in some states they get a bigger dose of pollutants than other areas. Residents of Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants than in any other state, according to an analysis by the... Read more →