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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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Many of our readers may have included fitness in their 2016 New Years Resolutions. But what about "brain fitness," that new and growing industry based on the concept that we can rewire and strengthen our neural pathways as we age?

This week's round-up of mature marketing articles and resources shares recent brain fitness news. The post also addresses news itself -- specifically, newspapers, that older and shrinking industry based on the concept of delivering local topics on printed sheets of paper. We wrap it all up with a quote timely for today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read on!

1. MOST SHARED: Per Alvaro Fernandez, chief executive of SharpBrains, a market research firm SharpBrains, "worldwide revenues of the brain fitness industry surged to more than $1 billion in 2012 from $200 million in 2005 and are expected to surpass $6 billion by 2020."

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While many of us were overindulging in turkey, football and family get-togethers over the long weekend, others were busy as usual reading and sharing insights. Hot topics last week included mobile advertising for seniors and visual content marketing statistics. Learn more about how to make mobile ads more senior-friendly and review data that reinforces how important visual marketing is to your toolkit.

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Good Monday morning before Thanksgiving! Many of us have a short work week, and are thus preoccupied with what's going to be on the dinner table on Thursday. But in the  meantime, let's look at some insights. Our mature marketing links this week tell us that newsprint advertising still has the power to motivate consumers (subscribers), especially older ones, despite the fact that print subscriptions continue to decline.…

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Last Monday we started the week on a note of laughter, with jokes from and about outgoing LeadingAge President Larry Minnix. This Monday we find it hard to smile, as news reports are filled with tragedies happening around our globe. Then a friend shared the following quote, and it seemed appropriate to pass it on:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Paris, Kenya, Lebanon, Syria ... May light and love be theirs. Here is this week's round-up of top links for marketing to baby boomers and seniors.

1. MOST CLICKED: "More 50+ baby boomers and seniors own digital devices than ever. What does it mean for your marketing?"

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Typically this Monday round-up of top 50+ marketing links are organized by most clicked, most shared, most commented ... Today we'll take a slightly different tack as there were several topics that seemed to grab the attention of mature marketing pros over the past week.

LEADING ... LeadingAge, that is!

LeadingAge, the association representing 6,000 non-profit senior living communities and others providing services to the aging, held its annual meeting in Boston from November 1-4. Speakers shared many ideas on how to lead -- as an organization, as a manager, as a marketer.

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