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“As you grow older you will discover you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

– Audrey Hepburn (born this day in 1929)

Every Monday, we round-up the mature marketing items that got the most engagement across our various social channels and deliver them directly to you. Read on for last week’s top attention-getters!

Quote on aging from NBC TODAY Show

1. MOST CLICKED: People are aging more slowly than we think. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIAS) in Austria and Stony Brook University in New York. Per NBC Health contributor Joan Raymond,

“In this new study, researchers looked at the population composition of 39 European countries. They then compared the proportion of the population that was categorized as “old” by virtue of chronology alone — being age 65 — to the proportion based on a newer measure of age that they developed, which includes changes in life expectancy.”

In other words, longer life spans have meant that concepts such as “middle age” are shifting and changing. A TODAY Show piece looks at the research and adds a little of what Creating Results calls “me-search” — anecdotes and personal takes on the topic.

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2. MOST SHARED: CR’s Sally O’Donnell took a look at Google’s recent algorithm changes, and offered insights for mature marketing.

Should you panic or prepare?

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3. Also of note

* The World’s Oldest Nations by Population and the Implications. While Japan keeps its hold on the #1 spot, Europe claims the rest of the spots on a top 10 list of the oldest countries.

“Demographic experts suggest that the world as a whole has been aging rapidly over the last two decades: UN population projections for 1999 showed, for example, that more than half the global population was older than 26.4 years of age.”

* Professional experience as a remote programmer and personal experience as a caregiver led one man to focus his company on aging-in-place technology. An interesting look at some of the new health tech.

* Could artificial intelligence technology begin to impact 50+ communities? Senior Housing News suggests IBM’s Watson could be “The Brains Behind Smarter Senior Living.”

* I often feel chained to my mobile phone. Apparently, that attitude shifts with age, as seniors are the age group most likely to say a smartphone is “a liberating experience.”

seniors smartphones liberating.Pew

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About The Author

Erin Read

For nearly 13 years, Erin Read spearheaded integrated and digital marketing programs for Creating Results' clients. She directed and co-authored four national studies/eBooks (Photo Finish and three editions of Social, Silver Surfers) and served as the principal blogger for Mature Marketing Matters. Now a consultant to the agency, Erin is leveraging her expertise in marketing to baby boomers and seniors while tackling new challenges. Find her on LinkedIn .