In the morning news

Associated Press: Caroline Kennedy is AARP’s `cover girl’

The former first daughter is featured on the cover of the January/February issue of AARP The Magazine, on newsstands next month, and will receive the magazine’s Inspire Award next week.

Wall Street Journal: More Resources Help Caregivers Help Themselves

Mr. Balch, 59 years old, is one of the estimated 45 million people who provide care for a loved one, including those with the most devastating diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies are increasingly showing that caregiving responsibilities can exact a drastic emotional, physical and financial toll, with caregivers experiencing high rates of depression, stress and other physical and mental health problems.

Wall Street Journal: How to Ensure Relatives Don’t Rip You Off

Sadly, Brooke Astor is making headlines again. But there may be a lesson in the indictment of the late philanthropist’s son and a lawyer close to the family’s affairs: It can be risky to hand off financial responsibilities even to someone you think you can trust.

Washington Post: Social Security: Five Myths and a Slur

Advocating thumb-twiddling as sensible strategy ignores the reality that acting sooner spreads the burden of change across more generations, allows changes to be phased in gradually and lets future retirees plan ahead.