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David Weir and Kenneth Langa

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is concerned about the ability of the Representative Payee (RP) Program to respond to the needs of an increasing population of elderly dementia patients, who may not be able to administer their own finances. Identifying persons at need is a major challenge. The researchers use nationally-representative data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) linked to Medicare records, Social Security records, and new data on cognition to determine the extent of need and to assess whether Medicare records can accurately identify persons at need.

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