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Even with the big game between the Capitals and the Penguins scheduled for tonight, the weekly roundup is still the highlight of our Monday here at Creating Results.

This week, we take a look at the impact Generation X will have on the workplace and how that could play a role in marketing to this generation in the coming year. Also, Joseph Coughlin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab shares what he believes are the five misperceptions of aging and technology.

Sit back and enjoy your fresh brew while we round up the "most clicked" and "most shared" 50+ marketing content from the past week.

Most Clicked: Scientific Proof that Happiness is for the Aging

Carolyn Gregoire of The Huffington Post gives us a snapshot on how life is better as you age. Gregoire expands on this scientific proof by acknowledging our culture tends to correlate youth with happiness which, she says, “couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

According to research and the author: “80 percent of life’s defining moments occur by the age of 35 – suggesting that there may not be much to look forward to in the second half of life.” College years, getting married and having children are pivotal moments in our lives and most of us experience this before 35.

How is it possible our happiness peaks after these landmarks?

Mondays are the days that we round-up the top 50+ marketing tweets/posts/links of the previous week.

It's fun trying to connect the dots between engaging content and action items our readers could take! Or, at the very least, it makes Mondays a little more bearable.

MOST CLICKED (and a must-read): Leaders in Aging Send a Message to the President

The winter edition of Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging, features the public policy recommendations of more than 20 leaders of organizations dedicated to advancing and protecting America's older adults. In it you'll find sections penned by representatives of the Bipartisan Policy Center, AARP, LeadingAge, Encore, Long Term Care Partners and the National Center on Elder Abuse, among others.

Together, these articles put forth a positive vision for aging in America -- if the new administration takes an active, proactive role.

Another manic Monday? Take a break to read this week’s Monday Recap! Each week we like to review and recap mature marketing news and content that had the most engagement. This week, the ActiveRain Blog discusses increasing home prices are outpacing household and theguardian.com explores the steadily increasing interest of U.S. seniors in the cinema. Most Shared: Homeownership: Bridging the Largest…

Each week, we recap the news items that most engaged our followers over the past week.

This week, a Reuters Institute study explains how digital media has overtaken print media as a primary news source -- for some generations, that is --, while a study from MarketingCharts emphasizes the importance of using radio to advertise to Generation X.

Also, we take a look at how news headlines often say one thing, but mean another -- especially in senior health and aging industries.

MOST CLICKED: The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016 has confirmed what has been obvious to marketers and consumers for years now: the adoption of digital platforms as a means of accessing the news has led to a decline in the print news industry.

A core belief at Creating Results is that true understanding is what leads to creative insight.

We often illustrate this with the analogy of a beach ball.

If I'm holding the beach ball closely, I only can see the color facing me -- let's say, blue. If Beth is holding it, she'll see the color facing her -- let's say, red.

If Beth and I can't truly understand that the other person sees a different color, a different perspective, we'll be prone to Us vs. Them thinking when we what really need is a little Me Plus You. Recognizing there is another side to the beach ball, and working to understand how it impacts communications, is why our marketing programs create results.

This week's collection of top mature marketing links could be seen through that beach ball. Is there a way to shift these Us vs. Them perspectives?

Top 50+ marketing links of the week focus on Gen X

Each Monday, our team collects a few "top links" related to marketing to older adults and shares them on the Mature Marketing Matters blog.

MOST CLICKED: Give a shout if you're a member of Generation X. A little louder? A little louder? Hmmm. I still can't hear you.

The problem isn't with your voice.

It's with advertisers' ears.

The Gen X cohort (disclosure: my cohort) has been largely ignored by marketers of all ages. Born between 1968 and 1979, we're not as rowdy or large as the cohort that came before us, the Baby Boomers. We're high-tech, low-maintenance and we're entering our peak earning years (or should be).

And yet, as Robert Klara wrote in AdWeek:

I love it when my passions align.

1. MOST CLICKED: Is the wine industry forecast becoming cloudy, as "oenophile boomers" are replaced by frugal Millennials?

That's what the Silicon Valley Bank predicts in its annual State of the Wine Industry report. (How am I not a subscriber?) Beverage World reports that the bank is placing the blame squarely on the younger generation.

"While demand for premium wine will increase this year, there are clouds on the horizon that should be considered. We believe total and per capita wine consumption in the U.S. will drop for the first time in more than 20 years due to emerging generational shifts in consumption patterns that we see accelerating in the near term," says Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division and author of the report.

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