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There is a new trend in the housing market within the 50-and-over age demographic: Rentals.

Per a new study, conducted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, there is a rising number of middle-aged home renters.

According to the report, America’s Rental Housing, “recent declines in homeownership rates have lifted the number of middle-aged renters.” In fact, over the last decade, the number households occupied by middle-aged renters increased from 10 million to 15 million. As a result, the 50-and-over demographic accounted for over half of renter growth from 2005 through the third quarter of 2015.

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Happy Leap Day! The calendar is generously giving us a few extra hours -- use them to catch up on work, for folly, for whatever.

In that spirit, we'll try to give you a little something extra in this weekly round-up of the links that rose to the top with boomer and senior marketing pros in recent days.

MOST SHARED: Creating Results' Director of Media Strategies has a talent for making complex media changes more easily understood ... and acted upon.

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Google made another sudden, major change this week in regards to its search engine results pages (SERPs). While the change is still rolling out, very soon it will affect every search made through Google.

Why should you care?

If you are investing marketing dollars in Google’s paid search product, AdWords, listen up! I’m going to tell you why - and how to roll with the changes so that your senior living and housing marketing results do not suffer.

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A day late, but not a dollar short, this week's links reveal a need to be nimble. All industries must adjust to the changing and growing needs and expectations of an aging population.

We look at both ends of the financial spectrum here — from those who can afford to look for, and demand, options to fit their busy lifestyles, to those who are simply trying to survive without a pension or retirement funds.

MOST CLICKED: In the senior housing market, builders are increasingly looking at the preferences of the younger buyer.

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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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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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Baby Boomers and seniors are seeking a new lifestyle, not just a new home in a new community. Whether they plan to downsize, upsize or rightsize, at the end of the day what they are really seeking is a new home and new community which enhances their lives.

Recently I spoke at the International Builders Show. Conversations with attendees and attending others’ sessions reinforced the idea that adults aged 55 or better want out of their current homes where they have lived for 10, 20, 30 years or more. But what do they want to get into?

You don’t need to watch more than one day of HGTV to understand that everyone wants open concept, but these buyers also want lower-maintenance homes (inside and out thank-you) with greater function. More often than not 55-plus homebuyers stay relatively close to their current neighborhood but proximity to conveniences also is of prime importance.

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Top articles last week looked at the concerns of investors and financiers of senior living communities, the rising 100+ population, and where people moved in 2015.

1. MOST SHARED: Investment and finance groups with a stake in the senior living market have to consider a wide range of factors, such as supply and demand characteristics, the external environment, the consumer and organizational sophistication when trying to map the future of the senior living sector.

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