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BOOMERS GRAB "CHEATERS," HEAD TO RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 2/17/2011

Taken together, fading vision, "romance" lighting, and menus with small type sizes/bad backgrounds, are forcing us Baby Boomers to take our "cheaters" with us when we go out for the evening. 

"Cheaters," of course, are those cheap, over-the-counter eyeglasses we can buy at the corner drugstore.

Nor surprisingly, restaurants are accommoding their elderly customers by keeping a supply of visual aids--mini-flashlights, magnifying glasses, and "cheaters"--on hand.  Sometimes, they simply give up and increase the font sizes on their menus.  As one Minneapolis restauranteur put it, "It seems like if I do anything under size 12 in the font, I get complaints.  I'm sure in 15 years I'll be one of the guests complaining about not being able to read the menu."

However accommodating restaurants and bars may be to their Boomer customers, they're reluctant to adjust the lighting.  After all, how many of us get better looking in harsh lighting?

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