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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

Immersion into end-of-life issues

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New Tip sheet

Elder financial exploitation

There are often serious health consequences for elderly adults scammed out of their life savings. See it now »

New Data

Medicare claims data

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

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The John A. Hartford Foundation

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