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Facts and figures for July Fourth 2017

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to becoming a sovereign nation. Americans celebrate the holidays with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to family gatherings and barbecues across the country. Spending Americans are expected to spend... Read more →

Trump and his cronies seek to slash rules that protect Americans’ health and safety

While headlines focus on Russia, obstruction of justice, and health care, the Trump administration is working behind the scenes to dismantle consumer protections. A bill being debated in the Senate, the proposed Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, would jeopardize the health, safety, and wellbeing of the American public. Although the... Read more →

Boomer bloggers focus on the promise of summer

School is out. Summer is here. Looking forward to July 4 brings to mind the birth of our nation, the possibilities of democracy, the promise of summer, and the start of vacations. This week, boomer bloggers report on traveling to Israel, babysitting for grandchildren including purple hair, staying home to... Read more →

Hazen mesh office chairs being recalled by Staples due to fall hazard

Staples is recalling about 124,000 Hazen Mesh Task chairs. The legs on the base of the chair can break, posing a fall hazard. Staples has received 20 reports of the legs breaking on the chairs, including three reports of injuries resulting in minor cuts and bruises. This recall involves Staples... Read more →

Liquid laundry detergent pods are potentially life threatening for older adults with dementia

Liquid laundry detergent pods can pose a lethal threat to adults with dementia who may think they’re edible, said Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit consumer organization. The packets are considered a danger to young children. An 87-year-old woman with dementia, living with her son and daughter-in-law, in Texas was rushed to... Read more →

Design of senior housing doesn’t cause depression, but access to the outdoors is needed, study finds

The physical environment in assisted living facilities is unlikely to negatively affect the mood of residents, but poor access to gardens and outdoor spaces could. Procedural, staffing, and physical barriers can prevent older people from using outdoor spaces and that access to the outdoors is significantly associated with depressive symptoms,... Read more →

Scam alert: Fraudsters sending emails saying they’re from the FTC

Some people have gotten an email that claims to be from Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission’s acting chair. It’s a fake. The email asks you to give your bank account information – so, it says, you can get money from the government’s settlement with Western Union. The email is... Read more →

Boomer bloggers enjoying travel and summer

Although I just got back from a month-long trip to Spain, I was jealous when I received the emails from members of our blogging group describing their travel adventures. Israel and the shore. I’d like to be at either one rather than spending hours and hours doing yard work. But,... Read more →

Leggett & Platt recalls office chairs due to fall hazard

Leggett & Platt Office Components is recalling about 47,900 office chairs in the United Stated and about 1,000 in Canada. The seat slider bolts and push nuts can disconnect and fall out, which could cause the seat to detach from the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers. No injuries... Read more →