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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 Key Concept

Aging as a social construction

There is no inherent cultural meaning to the biological process of aging. Rather, cultures instill youth and age with meanings. See it now »

New How I Did It

Covering a topic as broad as poverty and aging

Despite some national trends, it’s a question with very local answers. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Tips for reporting on elder abuse

Financial exploitation is only one type of abuse that an older person might suffer. See it now »

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

Aging news — from Covering Health

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