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Every week, we take a look at the content that engaged our followers the most from the previous week.

This week, the New York Times gave an in-depth look at the importance of keeping the brain mentally-stimulated, and the increasing popularity of "brain gyms" in retirement communities.

Also, a study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that there is still a long way to go instilling confidence in adults 40+ as they finance their long-term care plans.

Did YOU want to work in senior living when you grew up?

Earlier in the year, Creating Results’ Executive Vice President Kimberly Hulett and I attended a LeadingAge DC event, “C-Suite Round Table Discussion: The Future of Aging Services” at George Washington University.

Organizations like Asbury, Kendal’s Collington, Goodwin House, Vinson Hall and Stoddard Baptist Homes were represented on the panel.

As we expected, these leaders in non-profit senior living shared great insights into the future of aging services.

What we didn’t expect to hear was what sounded like “convincing” directed at the George Washington long-term care management students who also were in attendance.

More people of all ages are watching / sharing online videos than ever before.

And studies show video marketing has power to motivate consumers – including Baby Boomers and Seniors – to act or buy.

Yet many senior providers don’t know how to integrate video into their marketing.

Over the next month, Jessica Ruhle and I will be sharing best practices for creating both product and lifestyle videos to strategically position senior-serving organizations. We’re honored to have been invited to speak to the topic at both the LeadingAge Massachusetts and LeadingAge Pennsylvania conferences.

Why are continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), 55+ housing or any organizations focused on older adults considering video at all? Is it because executives are demanding it? Because they see everyone doing it?

I have a long-lasting love of pigs.

A few things reminded me of this affection last week.

One, a discussion with my college-bound teens about what should or should not go with them to university. She wants to bring her Harry Potter wand. I stopped protesting after recalling that I headed off to "adulthood" with three stuffed pigs, including one who snorted loudly when stepped on in the middle of the night. (My roommates loved me.)

Two, this tweet from our Director of Business Development, Beth Spohn:

Way back in 2010 Creating Results asked recent, mature movers what frustrated them about housing websites.

#1 with a bullet? "Don't say price."

We asked the question of hundreds of Social, Silver Surfers because we wanted data to back up our recommendations to senior living providers. Our team kept saying "you need to talk online about your pricing" and their teams kept saying "no!"

Now that recommendation carries even more weight, thanks to the team at Lead InSite.

Today's roundup has a senior living emphasis -- we touch on the trend of people entering senior living at an older age and the need for engaging the teams that serve them. BONUS non-senior-living item at the bottom of the post!

MOST CLICKED: Models for senior healthcare must evolve to respond to the increasing number of people entering senior living at older ages.

This was a key point of discussion at the Spring Investment Forum of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC), and it was the item that most caught the attention of 50+ marketing pros last week.

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.

It's hard to believe that one month is already in the history books for 2016. I hope the New Year is treating you well, and hope you'll explore the weekly mature marketing stories that had people talking and sharing. Have something to share? We'd love your comments.

MOST SHARED: Women rule...according to a recent MediaPost article. The piece highlighted insights from a Fona International report that explored the impact and influence of women in spending. Per the author, women control $20 trillion (yes, trillion) in spending annually — a total that is expected to rise to $30 trillion over the next 5 years.

According to the report ...

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