Here’s a short entry for this busy holiday week.
Social Security calling? Nope, it’s scammers out to grab your cash
Don’t be fooled by scammers who claim to be calling from the Social Security Administration:
Crooks increasingly are impersonating an official from the Social Security Administration, making harassing calls similar to the annoying Internal Revenue Service calls.
The AARP Fraud Watch Network now has had more complaints to its helpline in the past few months from consumers targeted by Social Security impostors than the old IRS scam, according to Amy Nofziger, AARP fraud expert.
This article reports on how the scam works and offers this reassurance: “Social Security also isn’t going to call and threaten that your benefits will be terminated.”
The maternity homes where ‘mind control’ was used on teen moms to give up their babies
Many of us are old enough to remember the existence of these places:
Wilson-Buterbaugh and Ellerby are among an estimated 1.5 million unwed mothers in the United States who were forced to have their babies and give them up for adoption in the two decades before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in 1973, according to Ann Fessler’s book “The Girls Who Went Away.” Mostly white, middle-class teens and young women were systematically shamed, hidden in maternity homes and then coerced into handing over their children to adoption agencies without being informed of their legal rights.
Why Have Writers Neglected Elderly Lovers?
Here is an excerpt from Susan Gubar’s recently published book Late-Life Love, a project she undertook to discover how literature and other art forms have portrayed love among older adults.
The best books on Ageing
Novelist, biographer and critic Dame Margaret Drabble, now aged 77, discusses the difficult questions that arise as we age—and recommends five books that examine them in depth.
Drabble’s most recent novel, The Dark Flood Rises, features an older adult protagonist.
© 2018 by Mary Daniels Brown