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Who would have guessed 25 years ago that anyone (even a 5-year-old!) could take — and instantly share — great photos using a device that's about the size of a wallet?

The visual world changed dramatically in the 1990s with the invention of a chip making that possible. By 2003 more camera phones were sold worldwide than stand-alone digital cameras, and by 2006 half the world's mobile phones had a built-in camera.

Today, many organizations are still struggling to react to the challenges this paradigm shift in photography have created.

Looking ahead to 2017 it is critical not only to acknowledge — but to embrace and thoughtfully plan for — photography as a necessary investment. How?

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Happy Monday!

It's not an oxymoron. When you enjoy your work and the people you work with / for, Mondays can be happy.

Which rather neatly ties to the theme of this week's Monday mature marketing round-up. Our top links this week all touch on how work can help us enjoy active, independent lives as we age.

MOST SHARED: There's no age-based 'shelf life' on senior's ability to live independently

Carol Bradley Bursack has a website dedicated to caregiving, and she answers caregiving related questions in a column for North Dakota's Inforum.

Just before Thanksgiving, Bursack answered a question from an adult child who was receiving pressure to move his very independent 73-year-old father out of his own house, to begin to take over managing the father's life.

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Happy Monday - I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, spent with family and friends. We are certainly thankful for our subscribers, today and every day!  Each Monday we recap the mature marketing stories from the past week that generated significant interest. Today, we explore the positive impact of companions in geriatric healthcare and why we shouldn't necessarily call…

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Session: "Creating Stronger Organizations Through Aggressive Growth Strategies"

In 2016, the size of the 65+ population starts to significantly outpace the 5–under-population, meaning the availability of direct care workers will have a significant shortage, as we heard from senior living leaders at this year's LeadingAge national conference.

In addition to being a concern for senior living care providers, the looming labor shortage also is a driver of senior living growth, repositioning and affiliation. What can marketing do to prepare?

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Session: Sales and Marketing Tactics for Continuing Care at Home

"We're not managing a long-term care policy, we're helping people plan. It's not about what is the matter, it's about what matters most."

This is how Liz Fandel of Fellowship Senior Living at Home (a Creating Results client), explained the unique selling proposition of Continuing Care at Home (CCAH).

CCAH programs offer care coordination, care-giving and asset preservation to older adults who do not want to live on a retirement community campus. With CCAH, they can remain in their own home as they age.

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Happy Monday! Every week, we recap the most engaging mature marketing content from the previous week. For this Monday's round-up, public relations icon Katie Delahaye Paine was the featured speaker last week at a half-day event hosted by PRNews where she discussed the making of a worthy Press Release and how to measure it in a world that is CONSTANTLY communicating. And…

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Session: A Repositioning Case Study: Designing for a Healthier, Longer Life

Expansions and repositionings are happening in communities across the country.

Repositioning: Investing in the physical redevelopment of an existing brick and mortar community to add space and reconfigure existing square footage in an effort to compete with newer entities and be more relevant in today’s market.

For senior living providers, repositionings are important and necessary to ensure we continue to serve the residents of today and plan for the residents of tomorrow.

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LeadingAge 2016 Annual Meeting Session: What Makes Boomers “Ready”?

This session featured both continuing care retirement community (CCRC) team members and residents, who emphasized that the days of the sales pitch are in our rearview mirror. Today’s consumers are looking to find where they have the greatest connection with employees and residents.

Budgets should be allocated for hospitality and bringing prospects and residents together to form a sense of community. Rather than presenting to a prospect, the aim should be to develop a relationship with the future resident.

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Last week five members of the Creating Results team assembled in Indianapolis for the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting.

This conference attracted more than 8,000 senior living and senior services providers from around the country, along with a healthy cohort of those who provide products and services to the industry.

In addition to inspiring keynote speakers there were hundreds of education sessions. (Our team was privileged to be among the featured experts, presenting data and insights from Social, Silver Surfers 2016 research.) Over the next few weeks, we’ll share highlights from selected sessions on this blog.

The series starts today with take-aways from a lively program that got people tweeting and thinking.

How can a "Gritty Mindset" help those who serve older adults at senior living communities, help those who market to them -- and even the older adults themselves?

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