MIT AgeLab's Agnes (Age Gain Now Empathy System) was brilliant at generating PR for the organisation. How useful it was in reality and how much good it did - I don't know. But what a terrific way to promote the message about ageing (and MITAge Lab).
At the Masters of Marketing Conference (it could only be in the US to have such a title) a senior marketer at Harley Davidson was talking about brands must not neglect the "growth market" of older consumers to focus solely on youthful audiences.
A long time ago, at the birth of the ageing business, there was a set of arguments that were always rolled out to justify why brands focus on the young. In those days young was 18-34, for many it still is but it has gone up a decade or two.
I have spent much of the past decade writing, consulting and speaking about the top part of the consumer diagram. All the stuff about demographics, lifestyle and the other things that distinguish one older consumer group from another.