AMAC Foundation Newsletter
Your August 2021 AMAC Foundation Newsletter
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Elder Fraud Issue Takes Center Stage in August
As you may have noticed in our weekly blog series, we've been giving the nasty subject of "Elder Fraud" a fair amount of attention this year. That's because the impact on our constituents -- while historically severe -- has been trending up at an alarming pace. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new wave of fraud tactics among the criminal element, from fake vaccine scams to stimulus check thefts, and the trend shows no signs of leveling off.

In keeping with our mission of supporting and educating America's seniors, our Foundation keeps a watchful eye on the Elder Fraud situation with seminars and blog posts designed to promote public awareness of this very real and growing problem. On Wednesday, August 18 we will present a two-hour seminar focused on the Elder Fraud topic, with speakers from law enforcement, the financial community, and state government on hand to discuss ways to prevent falling victim to fraud, how to secure yourself financially from fraudulent activity, and what to do if you are a victim of fraud.

The seminar will be held at the Lady Lake Library, 225 West Guava Street in Lady Lake, beginning at 10:00 am. The presentations will be live-streamed via the AMAC network for remote access and recorded for later on-demand viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

You won't want to miss this one! To reserve your seat at this event, contact the Foundation office at 888-750-2622 or email us at [email protected].

"It is only by victims reporting fraud that we can identify trends, educate the public, and support investigations, and nowhere is this more important than crimes against seniors."

Calvin Shivers - FBI Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division
Medicare's Open Enrollment Period is Just Around the Corner!
Hard to believe, but Medicare's annual Open Enrollment Period is closing in on us rapidly! Officially, the open enrollment period is October 15 - December 7, but many folks like to begin their preparatory research well ahead of that time, since Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year--things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks.

The open enrollment period is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. And for those just aging into Medicare eligibility, the array of decision points can be a bit intimidating.

Recognizing the importance of having up-to-date information, we've arranged again this year to present an informative briefing on how the Medicare program works, what options are available, and how timing is critical in the decision-making process. This briefing will be held in webinar format on Thursday, August 26, 2021, beginning at 10:00 am. The session will be led by Mr. Scott Kellogg, AMAC's Director of Compliance, Medicare Division. Scott's remarks will cover:
  • Medicare's Components
  • Common Terms and Definitions
  • Thoughts on Managing Health Care Expenses
  • Your Medicare Options
  • Medigap Plans and How They Work
Please note that we are offering this seminar as a virtual (ZOOM) presentation. Closed captioning will be used with the presentation for the convenience of the hearing-impaired. To register for this webinar, please contact the Foundation office (888-750-2622 or via email at [email protected]). Deadline for registration is Monday, August 23.

Exploring Parkinson's Disease
Our July seminar series focused on "Understanding the basics of Parkinson's Disease," and we were honored to have Dr. Ramon L. Rodriguez Board Certified Neurologist, Movement Disorders Specialist from Neurology One join us virtually to share his wide-ranging expertise as a physician and his extensive experience in research about Parkinson's disease and its related issues. Dr. Rodriguez has received a host of professional accolades, including recognition as one of the Top Doctors in Orlando, 40 under 40, and he was awarded the status of Fellow, American Academy of Neurology, acknowledging his exemplary work and achievements in the neurosciences and the clinical practice of neurology.

The Parkinson's Foundation reports these statistics about the prevalence of the disease:
  • Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson's disease (PD), which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). This is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030.
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
  • More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
  • Incidence of Parkinson's disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson's disease than women.
With these statistics in mind, Dr. Rodriguez discussed the symptoms of the disease, the causes and risk factors associated with it, and the various stages during Parkinson's progression. Interestingly, he focused a fair amount of attention on the effects of general health and how effective exercise program's can help reduce the risk of contracting the disease.

The recorded video of Dr. Rodriguez's remarks is available for on-demand viewing on the Foundation website's "Videos" page under the tab "Virtual Seminars."

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