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Social Security’s 78th Anniversary: Then and Now

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteTo help celebrate Social Security’s 78th anniversary, here is a comparison of how the country — and Social Security — have changed since 1940, when Ida May Fuller received Social Security’s first monthly benefit. Since 1940, the number of Americans age 65 and over has quadrupled, more than doubling as a percentage of the population. Sources: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html and http://www.census.gov/population/age/data/2011.html   The number of individuals receiving a Social Security benefit, since benefit checks were first issued in 1940, has increased over …

Older Men Rescued After Years in Houston ‘Dungeon’

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayPolice responding to a 911 call on July 19 found four men — ages 79, 74, 65 and 54 — being held in “deplorable conditions” behind a door that was nailed shut in a north Houston neighborhood. Sgt. Steven Murdock told the Associated Press that at least one of the men was a military veteran, and that their living conditions were like a “dungeon.” Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Murdock said the men told investigators that their Social …