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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

Rapid COVID testing

Rachana Pradhan reported on real and potential glitches with so-called rapid antigen testing for nursing home residents and staff. See it now »

New Data

Long-term caregiving

A new survey that includes younger adults looks at the challenges and costs associated with providing care. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Healthy longevity

A challenge to improve aging around the world starts with understanding what exactly that means. See it now »

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Aging news — from Covering Health