The Consumer Action Handbook, one of the most popular free publications offered by the federal government, is available in an updated 2015 edition.

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The 148-page handbook has tips and advice for all consumers, but it is especially helpful for older adults. Among the subjects covered are choosing a doctor and health care facility, food and nutrition, prescription drugs, Medicare, mobile banking, retirement planning and advance medical directives. There are also sections on how to file a complaint with the proper authorities and a consumer assistance directory with hundreds of listings of corporate offices, consumer organizations, trade groups and government agencies.

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