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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

Hospice neglect

Reporters used inspection records to reveal that dying patients and families often face terrifying delays, no-shows and unanswered calls.  See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Active aging

Phyllis Hanlon explores the multiple dimenions that contribute to health in older adults and potential story ideas. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Alcohol and aging

Substance abuse may be mistaken for other health problems in older adults. See it now »

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

Aging news — from Covering Health