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[NOT WORKING OUT] Employers preparing for “epic talent war” in 2022

"Nearly nine in 10 (89%) respondents said recruiting and hiring will be either somewhat or very challenging for their HR function in 2022, followed by employee retention (79%), workforce planning (67%), and vaccine mandates (66%)."

[MOVIN’ ON] Pandemic driving relocation to lower-density areas, family

"United Van Lines' 45th Annual National Movers Study, released January 3, indicates that US adults were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year."

[WELL CONNECTED] Staying active tied to better connections between brain cells

"When older adults stay active, their brains have more of a class of proteins that enhances the connections (synapses) between neurons (nerve cells in the brain) to maintain healthy cognition, a study published January 7 in Alzheimer's & Dementia reveals. This protective impact was found even in people whose brains at autopsy were riddled with toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases."

[WELL OILED] Olive oil intake linked to lower risk of death from chronic conditions

"Consuming more than 7 grams (>1/2 tablespoon) of olive oil per day is associated with a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease and respiratory disease, according to a study published January 10 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Replacing about 10 grams/day of margarine, butter, mayonnaise and dairy fat with the equivalent amount of olive oil is associated with lower risk of mortality, as well."

[CLEAN IT UP] Toxic corporate culture top driver of Great Resignation

"Toxic corporate culture is the top predictor of employee attrition in the Great Resignation and is 10 times more important than compensation in predicting turnover, according to research released January 11 in MIT Sloan Management Review. Job insecurity and reorganization was a second, albeit, distant driver, followed by high levels of innovation, failure to recognize employee performance, and poor response to COVID-19."

[CHANGE IT UP] Participating in a variety of activities could curb dementia risk

"Researchers at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia found that engaging in a combination of hobbies, such as light exercise and connecting with loved ones, can reduce memory decline in adults between the ages of 65 and 89 more than any individual activity."

[HIP HOP HELP] Song tied to reduction in suicides in the US

"Wide-scale public attention to the song 1-800-273-8255 by US hip hop artist Logic was associated with an increase in calls to the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a reduction in suicides, according to a new study. The findings demonstrate the protective effect of positive media stories about suicidal thoughts and help seeking behavior, particularly for groups that are hard to reach with traditional messaging, say the study authors."

[PIED PIPERS] Influencer marketing trends that can boost your ROI

"Influencer marketing is generally associated with young people on Tok-tok and similar platforms. Yet it’s clear that influencer marketing also plays a role in other markets, including senior living (see link, below). Ogilvy has prepared a report demonstrating the growth of influencer marketing and the trends to watch for. The report states, “The question is no longer if you should partner with influencers. Rather, you should be asking how to get the most out of influencer marketing in 2022.”"

[DRUG DOWNER] Less is more when it comes to antidepressant prescribing, use

"Doctors should prescribe fewer antidepressants and for shorter periods of time, because of the ongoing uncertainties about their effectiveness and the potential severity and durability of both side effects and withdrawal symptoms, a new review article suggests."

[SHATTER STEREOTYPES] Older adults no more likely to fall for COVID scams

"Despite a prevailing mentality that older people are more vulnerable to scams, a recent study suggests that cautiousness concerning scams does not vary between age groups."

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