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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

Food insecurity and older adults

Lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life is a serious and growing problem.  See it now »

New How I Did It

End-of-life care

Luanne Rife tells the stories of terminally ill patients in vivid and heart-rending detail, while highlighting a lack of hospice services. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Sleep problems

Find out why seniors sleep less than younger adults and what health conditions it puts them more at risk of developing. See it now »

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

Aging news — from Covering Health