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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 How I Did It

Taking on the Internet

Gary Rotstein realized the online environment could actually be a place where stories about aging could shine. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

10 tips for covering Medicare

Philip Moeller spent two years answering consumers' questions about the program – now he shares them with you. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Evaluating studies regarding older adults

It is critical that journalists have the skills to navigate the system and independently evaluate the quality of evidence. See it now »

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The John A. Hartford Foundation

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