Gen Plus List — April 24, 2010

I’ve been so preoccupied with business that I’ve been a bit remiss about…business.  Here, in no particular order are some items worthy of press mentions…all good, so take some time and read through and link through.

  • I completely missed Paralyzed Veterans of America Week  which honored these veterans the week of  April 11th.  Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) marked its 64th birthday with a whole week of awareness-raising activities.  This year’s theme was Empowering Lives.  Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Week 2010 highlighted the unique challenges facing veterans with spinal cord injury/dysfunction as well as the relentless work of Paralyzed Veterans to empower seriously wounded heroes and their families.   Do something good — for more details about Paralyzed Veterans of America visit www.pva.org
  • Who doesn’t love a contest? ThirdAge.com just announced a new contest that’s tailored towards our Baby Boomer generation. More details and a link to the Facebook entry form can be found here: http://www.thirdage.com/aging-well/best-advice-youve-ever-received-contest Third Age is asking anyone who wants to enter to tell them about the best advice they’ve ever received. If Facebook’s community of users and ThirdAge fans choose the entry as a finalist, they’ll then hold a vote for the winners – giving out a grand prize of $250.00 in cash while also awarding two runner up prizes of $100.
  • I’m anxiously awaiting my review copy of  MOM STILL LIKES YOU BEST: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings (Doubleday; 5/4/10) by Jane Isay.   Isay, author of Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents (2007), turns her wisdom to the sometimes heartbreaking but always meaningful bond between brothers and sisters and shows us how differences caused by family feuds, marriages, distance, or ancient history can be overcome.  Based on scores of interviews with brothers and sisters young and old, MOM STILL LIKES YOU BEST explores a wide range of relationships between siblings, from the very close ones, to the Wedding and Wake siblings, to those who are virtually estranged. With her razor sharp insight, Isay paints a vivid portrait of siblings in love and war and asks how we can get close and stay close with those who’ve known us the longest.  I’ll let you know what I think of the book once I’ve had a chance to read through it!
  • University of Virginia professor Jim Burroughs and Health Central CEO, Christopher M. Schroeder presented findings on the unique attributes of empowered patients – those who ask for treatment and prepare for their doctor appointments. You can click to view the study here http://www.healthcentral.com/about/the-empowered-patient/ Using established consumer psychology scales, they surveyed nearly 3,000 patients from their communities and found:

-What drives an empowered patient, including need for cognition and relationship with doctors

-How empowered patients can convert traditional mainstream patients to in-control consumers

-Where to find and how to recruit empowered patients effectively

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