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Editorial
November 3, 2010

Themes of AgingPreserving Function, Improving Care

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Winker (margaret.winker@jama-archives.org) is Deputy Editor and Online Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2010;304(17):1954-1955. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1593

The aging of the world's population, with adults older than 60 years projected to increase from its current 10% to 20% by 2050,1 will challenge countries, communities, and health care to adapt and embrace care for and support of aging adults. The call for papers for the 2010 Aging issue, the third JAMA theme issue on this topic in 15 years,2,3 stated that the central and still unmet priority is for medicine to adapt to the shifting demographics and changing requirements of caring for an aging population.4 In this theme issue, several rigorous research reports, an in-depth review, and scholarly commentaries provide new insights and define challenges in addressing this priority.

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