Gen Plus List – October 14, 2010

Lots of goodies to share with you today. 

First out of the gate —

Decide. Create. Share

AARP has just launched Decide.Create.Share., their newly launched public education campaign, meant to increase awareness among women of the importance of assessing future needs and planning for their unique lifestyles and goals with long-term care. I’ve addressed this issue in the past, and I thought you might find the campaign and information worthwhile.

There are several long-term care planning resources featured at They include a quiz to determine how ready one is for the future, and easy, free, and practical tips that women can use to stay on track. You’ll also find video clips of boomer women Patricia, Jeannie and Mary Ann, who share their personal stories of why and how they’re planning for their futures. I hope you’ll consider embedding or linking to them to share with Gen Plus readers.

Many women associate long-term care with insurance and nursing homes, but in actuality, that’s just one small part of it. Future planning is really all about women living life on their own terms (and staying in charge). True long-term care planning includes assessing future needs across home, community, health, legal and finances, which is why this campaign hopes to encourage boomer women to take the steps toward planning for their needs, especially as according to a recent AARP survey, 59% of women ages 45 to 64 haven’t determined how they’ll pay for their long-term care needs. More information on why long-term care is a women’s issue can be found here.

Delicious and Deliciouser

 I’ve found my Italian boyfriend…at least from afar.  A few seconds of listening to the magnificent voice of Vittorio Grigolo will have you booking your next vacation to Tuscany.  From the Sony press release:

 Hailed as one of the finest tenors in recent times, Grigolo’s debut album (click link for samples), The Italian Tenor,  was released by Sony Classical on October 5th,  and features famous arias and lesser known discoveries.  Also, on October 16, Grigolo makes his highly anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème. [note:…sadly I won’t be there…]

 Grigolo purposely waited to record his first operatic solo album until he had something unique to communicate in the repertoire.  According to Grigolo, “I chose arias representing the culture I come from.”

 Born in Tuscany, Grigolo began his career as a young boy performing as a soloist in the celebrated Sistine Chapel Choir.  His distinctive voice attracted the praise of the great Luciano Pavarotti when, at age thirteen, he starred alongside him as the Pastorello in Tosca at the Rome Opera. He went on to be the youngest tenor ever to debut at the legendary La Scala, Milan and has conquered many of the world’s great opera houses since, appearing with the finest artists and conductors of our day. Grigolo made his Chicago debut in 2008 starring in a tribute to Pavarotti in front of thousands at Grant Park.  He made his Washington, D.C. debut in 2009 sharing the stage with Renée Fleming in a lauded production of Lucrezia Borgia conducted by Plácido Domingo.  Recently, he triumphed in his debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Massenet’s Manon.

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The Italian Tenor presents arias from three great operatic composers – Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.  These include Donizetti’s “Una furtiva lagrima” (L’Elisir d’Amore) which was made famous by Enrico Caruso, whose famous performance of the aria paved the way for the opera’s return to the repertoire after years of neglect. 

The Italian Tenor was recorded in the Teatro, Regio di Parma, a venue particularly associated with Verdi. It was recorded with the resident orchestra and conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi, with whom Grigolo shares a personal musical connection and admires greatly. Grigolo makes special mention of Plácido Domingo for having offered him guidance and unwavering support throughout Grigolo’s career. 

Winter Songs

Well in time for Christmas party prep, or just to put you in the right mood, Sony has a new compilation release (of previously released tracks – click the link to listen to song samples)  “Winter Songs: A Windham Hill Christmas.”  The album is in stores now, and features such popular Windham Hill artists as LIZ STORY, ALEX DE GRASSI, PHILIP AABERG and JIM BRICKMAN.  From the tracks I listened to, these are just lovely, diverse acoustic arrangements of true Christmas classics (Joy to the World, Circle of Joy, Greensleeves, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, just to mention a few).

John Edward (medium)

What can I say?  He intrigues me.  This year, as John celebrates his 25th anniversary as a practicing medium, he shares his tips for developing your own psychic intuition in his new book Infinite Quest (October 2010; ISBN 9781402778933; Sterling Publishing).   In it, John enables readers to learn how to own their power, take a chance to go outside the norm, and make more empowered choices-to use intuition to better help them take charge of their life.  Thought you might enjoy this short article with some of his positive action tips.

Trouble seeing these words?

 Staying healthy and active at every stage throughout one’s life is very important, but sometimes eye health is often overlooked. EyeCare America, is a national non-profit organization that provides eye exams at no out-of-pocket cost to eligible patients.

Perhaps you have heard some of these common eye health myths:

–          Using computers or reading or sewing in dim light can cause damage to your eyes. False. The truth is none of these actions will actually harm your eyes.

–          Eye exams are only needed if you notice a change in your vision. False again! Did you know that there are actually a bunch of vision conditions and diseases that lack clear warning signs?

Would you like to see if you or your loved ones qualify for sight-saving eye exams and care at no out-of-pocket cost?  Visit the online referral center at: to find out!  And to learn more about those who have benefited from EyeCare America, check out this special video PSA:

3 thoughts on “Gen Plus List – October 14, 2010

  1. I don’t understand you promoting Xmas music or mediums, of whom we’re prohibited from approaching – even if he *isn’t* a fraud.

    1. Hmmm….being Jewish doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate interesting and good items — whether music, books, psychics, AARP websites, etc. My self-appointed role as a blogger is to share what I think will be of interest. Plus I’m extraordinarily liberal politically, as I’m sure you’ve noticed from my political pieces and practice Reform Judaism — as far away from Orthodoxy as one can move. I appreciate all sorts of things from a multitude of cultures. I suspect many of my readers enjoy hearing about a lovely Christmas album as they would about how much I enjoyed the revival of Jewtopia, or Mitzvah day at the temple. We differ on this one.

  2. Thanks for sharing the AARP links, I am sure they will come in handy for many of your readers. Women need this information just as much as men do, as long-term care will be needed by everyone if they reach that stage in their life. Hopefully the percent of women that don’t know how to pay for longterm care will decrease, 59% is very high. This is also good information for people who want to make sure their parents will be taken care of as well. Keep up the great posts!

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