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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

Diabetes in older adults

The disease is projected to skyrocket among older adults, placing millions at risk for serious and life-threatening complications. See it now »

New How I Did It

End-of-life decisions

Lane DeGregory writes about her nine-month reporting project, 'Prince Vinegar's last stand.' See it now »

New Tip sheet

The high costs of falling

Mark Taylor shares information about the physical and financial toll and dangers of older adults falling. See it now »

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

Aging news — from Covering Health