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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

Comparing states

Rick Jurgens shares techniques he used to produce packages comparing mental health care and nursing home care in two states. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Older Americans Act

What reporters should know about the reauthorization of this important legislation. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Mental health of older adults

While many older adults suffer from depression, anxiety and mood disorders also are common. See it now »

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

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