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ESPN: Talk to Martina when you're 50

Remember when AARP used to be a punch line for "you know when you're getting old... " jokes? Well, with 30 being the new 20 and 40 the new 30 -- and now 50 gets you a Grand Slam title -- it appears "growing old" has nothing to do with age anymore.

Baltimore Sun: Elder care in the balance

AARP Foundation attorney Sarah Lock said Maryland's program appears to be one of the most stingy in the nation. "We've had clients who have been seeking home-administered care and go over to Delaware and get benefits," Lock said. "Looking at the standards across the 50 states, most read it far more reasonably than Maryland does."

Bloomberg: More Adult Americans Lack Health Insurance, U.S. Report Says

About 42.5 million Americans don't have health insurance, up from about 41 million in 1997, a U.S. government survey released yesterday showed.

Associated Press: States Worry About Federal Heating Aid

Like Winslow, millions of poor and elderly people on fixed incomes rely on heating assistance to help pay their heating bills. But with home heating oil prices surging to record levels and wintry storms already hitting many states, Congress and President Bush can't agree on how much money to give the government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides heating and cooling subsidies for the poor.

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