INVESTING IT; If the Hair Is Gray, Con Artists See Green - 1995-05-21
From groups run by Lyndon LaRouche to Elizabeth Clare Prophet, cults have shifted their focus to the elderly.
"Cults recruit the elderly on the basis of their loneliness," says Margaret Singer, Berkeley, Calif., psychologist and a leading authority on cults whose book, "Cults in Our Midst" (Jossey-Bass, 1995), discusses the increasing number of elderly people joining up. "But they're going for their assets. Cults on the whole are out to get more money and more power, not to benefit the lives of the members."