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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

Alzheimer's therapy

Reporter Linda Marsa looked behind the hype — and potential — of a lifestyle approach.  See it now »

New How I Did It

Shunned dementia patients

Tony Leys reported about patients with signs of aggression who are essentially blackballed from nursing homes. See it now »

New Webcast

Drug man­ufact­uring

Rosemary Gibson talks about what reporters should know about drug recalls, the FDA and drug manufacturing risks. See it now »

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Aging news — from Covering Health