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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

Breaking down a big topic

Anna Gorman looked into the complex reasons why older patients leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Reporting on 'breain death'

Alan Cassels explains the nuances of this issue and why it is so critical that journalists explain it accurately. See it now »

New Glossary Item

Human Development Index

Measuring a country's overall achievements based on longevity, knowledge and standard of living. See it now »

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

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