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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 Tip Sheet

Older LGBT adults

Things have come together to throw a spotlight on the health care needs and challenges of this population. See it now »

New How I Did It

Oral health as a 'gateway'

Paul Sisson tells us why he covered an innovative dental clinic and its relationship to overall health in seniors. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Mental health in prisons

Katti Gray shares some sources for reporting on geriatric prisoners who are mentally ill. See it now »

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

Aging news — from Covering Health