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Diversity in aging: Putting gray in the rainbow

Paul Kleyman
Paul Kleyman

Most health journalists know that the U.S. population is rapidly aging thanks to 78 million Baby Boomers who started turning 65 years old in 2011. What’s not as well appreciated is the increasing diversity of our aging population. By mid-century, the proportion of elders from ethnic and racial communities will double.

For health care journalists, the graying of the American rainbow presents a kaleidoscope of story possibilities. Paul Kleyman has contributed this tip sheet to help health reporters cover our increasingly diverse older population. It includes four key concepts and helpful links intended to point the way toward more ethnically representative – and interesting – stories.

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