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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 Data

Medicare claims data

Get region-specific data and perform comparisons and analysis of the United States health care system. See it now »

New How I Did It

Follow the money

Kay Lazar shares tips she learned while investigating nursing homes and analyzing how money is allocated and spent. See it now »

New Tip sheet

How AHCA would affect seniors

Dan Goldberg explains why the proposed health care law could impact millions of seniors and where to look for stories. See it now »

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The John A. Hartford Foundation

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