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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 Shared Wisdom

It's never black or white

Marshall Allen outlines the important questions to ask when covering hospital scorecards. See it now »

New How I Did It

Cutbacks in home care

Kelly Grant writes about interviewing fearful elderly clients about reductions in the home-care system. See it now »

New How I Did It

Tracking down a lead

Kay Lazar details how she uncovered a pattern of problems in one company's nursing homes. See it now »

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

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