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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 Resource

Health literacy and palliative care

This workshop explored the importance of health communication in providing high-quality delivery of palliative care. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Aging prison population

Increasingly aging population presents urgent challenges for federal and state institutions. See it now »

New How I Did It

Comparing states

Rick Jurgens shares techniques he used to produce packages comparing mental health care and nursing home care in two states. See it now »

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

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