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Los Angeles Times: Caring for aging parents from a distance: a growing problem

Packets of prescriptions lie unopened on the counter. A once-immaculate house is unkempt. A cool-headed individual is suddenly given to erratic swings in mood. Sometimes such details might flag a decline, perhaps the result of Alzheimer's disease or other chronic woes. "What's it like in the refrigerator?" asked Elinor Ginzler, a specialist in long-term care at AARP. "Is there food in that refrigerator, and is it fresh? . . . It's that kind of recognition while you're visiting that all may not be as well as it was in the past."

New York Times: U.S. Curtailing Bids to Expand Medicaid Rolls

The Bush administration is imposing restrictions on the ability of states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, in an effort to prevent them from offering coverage to families of modest incomes who, the administration argues, may have access to private health insurance.

Wall Street Journal: Treasury Plans Social Security Debit Card

The Treasury Department plans to introduce a prepaid debit card for Social Security recipients in an effort to provide safer and cheaper benefits payments.

New York Times: Many Clients of Astor Lawyer Left Him Bequests in Their Wills

Mr. Morrissey, 65, has been charged in an 18-count indictment with helping Mrs. Astor's son, Anthony D. Marshall, exploit her during the last years of her life so that the two men could gain financially. Mr. Morrissey is also charged with forging Mrs. Astor's signature on a final amendment to her 2002 will. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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