America is getting older. Fast. Baby boomers -- the 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964 -- are rapidly hitting retirement age. The oldest boomers turned 65 last year, and for the next two decades, Americans will hit that age at a rate of 8,000 a day. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another five boomers will have reached 65.
Governing's multiple-part series on aging in America continues this month with new magazine features (below) on senior health as well as additional stories, data and interactive content at governing.com/generations.
States Seek to Keep Seniors Out of Nursing Homes
States are searching for affordable ways to allow seniors in need of long-term care to remain in their homes.
Boomers Want Control of Their End-of-Life Care
A state-level movement has evolved to give patients more say in what medicine and medical procedures they want or don’t want during their final days.
Telehealth's Chance to Revolutionize Health Care
If states can get out of the way, advances in telehealth could lead to savings of 20 to 40 percent by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and catching chronic problems early.
How More Access to Data Can Transform Health Care
Under the Affordable Care Act, states are gaining access to Medicare data for the first time and using it to target high-risk populations in an effort to lower health-care costs.