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The accelerating aging of America, the most significant demographic trend of our time, has profound implications for health institutions, families, workplaces, communities, the economy, even the very concept of a normal life trajectory.

The health care implications are enormous, as seniors consume more medical care and account for a larger share of the nation’s health care spending than any other age group.

Reporters on the aging beat will want to follow how scientific and medical advances contribute to better health and longer lives for older adults in the years ahead.


New Key Concept

Cultural competency

Understanding the effects of a patient's culture on their interaction with the health care systemSee it now »

New Glossary Term

Life course framework

Viewing aging with the perspective of several aspects, experiences of an individual See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Senior cancer screening

When should older people, perhaps those with limited life expectancy, stop getting periodic screening? See it now »

Support for this Core Topic provided by:
The John A. Hartford Foundation

Aging news — from Covering Health

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