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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 Tip Sheet

Mental health of older adults

While many older adults suffer from depression, anxiety and mood disorders also are common. See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Small sample sizes

Why Sheila Hagar wishes reporters could see a non-emergent situation for more than an hour or two for our daily reporting. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Adding global perspective to reporting

Trudy Lieberman suggests adding an international dimension to your health care reporting. See it now »

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

Aging news — from Covering Health