Mature Market Experts Gem of The Day: Will the average human will soon live to be 150+ years old?

Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often – Will we soon live forever? – By now, you probably have heard of researcher Aubrey de Grey. Some call Mr. de Grey a huckster, others call him a visionary. Regardless of what you call him, he is certainly thought provoking. In this TED video he argues that aging is merely a disease — and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.

Mature Market Experts Gem Of The Day: Boomers and the Wii Fit

Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often – Boomers and the Wii Fit – My wife and I just got a “Nintendo Wii for the kids.” According to the Wii’s virtual fitness trainers on the Wii Fit game, the first time I stepped on the Wii pad, I was 15 years older than my actual age. Pretty disheartening for a guy who’s active and regularly runs marathons. I blame it on my poor balance which the game tends to penalize. Anyway, this morning I tried it again, and knocked it down to just 4 years over my actual age so I’m making progress.

No one should confuse the Wii Fit program for real science or a real cardiovascular workout but there is definitely something to be had with the concept. For example, for someone who has never had anything to do with Yoga or stretching, the Fit introduces some worthwhile drills. Most importantly, it introduces some areas to work on to improve key deficiencies (i.e. falls are the number one cause of hospitalizations among seniors, so balance is definitely worth working on). The Wii is not there yet, but it doesn’t take a genius to see where this technology is headed.

In the meantime, Nintendo … by incorporating the mature market … continues to trounce their competition.

Source: SeattlePI.com

Source: SeattlePI.com

As I’ve mentioned before, When I was at Erickson, heading up the advertising team, the brilliantly creative interactive team produced a series of incredibly cool/funny videos centered around Wii bowling at their retirement communities. Definitely worth watching!

Note: The Washington Post did an excellent review on Wii Fit.

Mature Market Experts Gem of The Day: Baby Boomer Steve Jobs Turns 54

Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often: Yesterday Baby Boomer and cancer survivor Steve Jobs turned 54. As one of the people most responsible for shaping a generation, Steve offered some incredible insight on two important topics . . . how to get back up after getting fired (a pretty timely subject in this economy) and the power of death. This commencement speech which he gave at Stanford University is worth the 15 minutes of your time. 

PS     Steve, if you read this, please fix this IPOD problem for your Baby Boomer fans.

PPS   I like Mr. Job’s mention in the video of the “Google” predecessor.

Mature Market Experts Gem of The Day: An Innovative Fitness Program For The Mature Market – You Have To Watch This Video!

davidbw3Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often – Conductorcise – What does a well known conductor do for an encore? If you’re Maestro David Dworkin, you train health coordinators and fitness trainers in an extraordinary low impact exercise program for the mature market called Conductorcise. Watch this video segment The Today Show on NBC did on the Maestro, it’s guaranteed to delight. Mr. Dworkin’s unique exercise program is a symphony performance, a music lesson, and an aerobics workout all rolled into one!

The Maestro, who has led orchestras across America and abroad, and served as Conductor and Artistic Consultant of three PBS Television recalls, “About seven years ago, after a conducting engagement, I jumped off the podium (as I always do) sweating, excited, feeling so high. Amazingly, I am never tired after even the most strenuous program. I started to ponder why I was never exhausted. After all, I am a physical conductor, allowing the music to flow through my body like an electric current. So where did this exuberant source of energy come from? I found that conducting is a very physical experience just like any exercise program … This combined with the stimulus of the music allows your brain to function at maximum capacity, producing a joyful experience. So I thought, ‘Why shouldn’t everyone enjoy this natural high?’”maestro-david1

The Maestro continues, “I proceeded by asking to do the program in any venue I could find. Friends of mine set up performances . . . HUD housing in L.A, YMCA’s and JCC’s in New Orleans, and Tennessee . . . schools, senior centers, active 50+ retirement communities, continuing care retirement communities and libraries . . . anyplace I could find people to engage. I did the program for children, active adults, boomers and seniors. However, I also did the program for Alzheimer and stroke patients, challenged and dementia individuals and the chair bound. And guess what? It worked for all! Now we’re certifying fitness trainers at in schools and retirement communities around teh country and I’m having a blast!”

Fitness trainers love the program. How much? The International Conference on Active Aging has just chosen Dworkin’s fitness fusion concept, CONDUCTORCISE®, as one of North America’s six most innovative active aging programs.
 

Full Disclosure: Conductorcise is a client of TR Mann Consulting. That being said, I still think this is a really cool video that you have to see for yourself.