AMAC Foundation Newsletter
Your December 2021 AMAC Foundation Newsletter
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Foundation Staff Additions
We're pleased to report that the Foundation's staff is continuing to grow, and in the past month we've added two highly-qualified professionals to our complement of dedicated representatives. Please welcome these new staff members as they begin their work with us in supporting and educating America's Seniors.

Judy Korn - Social Security Advisor

Judy is a career professional with an extensive background in the non-profit sector and in private industry, with multiple certifications in counseling-related areas associated with public service. As a former business owner and controller for a substantial business enterprise, and with her considerable experience in ministering to the needs of individuals and families in crisis, she brings with her analytical, problem-solving, and active listening skills so critical to our Social Security Advisory Service. She is Founder and President of LIFESTEPS Support, Inc. in Leesburg, Florida, where she manages a staff of volunteers dedicated to helping women recover from life-related problems.

In addition to being state-licensed as a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Judy holds several certifications in public-service areas and is a Florida state licensed Notary Public. She holds an Associate Degree from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Jeanne Zimmerman - Executive Assistant

Jeanne brings with her a wealth of experience in management support and administrative operations. Her years of dealing with the general public as a customer service professional in a variety of settings equips her well to serve our senior constituency. Her familiarity with public licensing via her 2-15 Florida Health & Life Agent License and her Florida 4-40 Customer Representative licensing equip her well for interacting with the partners we deal with in our Foundation's day-to-day service to the community. Jeanne studied Business and Marketing at University of South Florida, is a Florida state licensed Notary Public and a resident of Leesburg, Florida.

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

-Andrew Carnegie-
Veterans Benefits - Recapping a Great Seminar
A few weeks ago, our monthly seminar series once again embraced the subject of Veterans Benefits, working in partnership with VITAS Healthcare to present an informative seminar covering the myriad benefits available to the Veteran Community. VITAS Veterans Liaison Benedetto "Ben" Mongiovi addressed key subject areas, including eligibility criteria; VA medical priority groups; disability compensation, pension, and survivor compensation; VA burial benefits; contacting VA medical facilities; and much more.

A recording of this seminar is available on the Foundation here

The session began with a brief overview of AMAC and the AMAC Foundation, focusing on the organization's support of the Veteran Community. The introduction covered AMAC's work on its "Veterans 2021 Project," including a quick walk-through of the AMAC Foundation's clearinghouse of programs, information sources, and resources available to fill specific needs and interests of the Veteran community. The clearinghouse is housed and maintained in databases carried on the Foundation's primary website, and is available on-demand for search by interested parties. (For a more complete overview of AMAC's "Veterans 2021 Project," check out this post from late last year.)

In introducing Benedetto (Ben) Mongiovi, AMAC Foundation Executive Director Gerry Hafer noted that having served in a number of military situations, including service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Turkey certainly qualifies him as an expert resource on Veterans Benefits, as does his current service as VITAS Healthcare's Veterans Liaison for the tri-county area. Hafer also noted that Ben is widely recognized as a successful businessman, entertainer, college faculty member, and substance abuse counselor, with a doctorate from Liberty University. For a recap of Ben's presentation, check out this article from the Foundation's blog page.

Upcoming Foundation Seminars
The 26th edition of our highly acclaimed "Sudden Death: Are You Prepared" notebook series program concluded November 22, and the 27th edition has been scheduled to begin Wednesday January 12, 2022. Here are the details:

Dates: January 12, January 19, January 26
Times: 10:00 am - Noon
Location: Lady Lake Library

Check the website listing for additional details here...

For those readers unfamiliar with this program, its objective is to help ensure that survivors are prepared to deal with the aftermath of a loved one's death, guiding attendees through the creation of a "Survivor Notebook" to help survivors cope after the death of a spouse or key family member. Reservations for these sessions are limited due to physical space limitations and the need for intense interaction with presenters, and partial attendance at the three sessions is discouraged.

While we normally do not schedule seminars for the month of December (everybody's busy and usually preoccupied with the Holiday Season), this year we've been presented with the opportunity to hold a webinar on the subject of "Coping with loss during the holidays." As many of you know, despite the liveliness and general cheerfulness of the Christmas Season, a sizeable segment of our population is faced with depression during what is often referred to as "a most wonderful time of the year." On December 15, VITAS Healthcare Bereavement Manager Jessica McClure will join us on a webinar focusing on understanding how memories of loved ones lost can lead to heightened depression during this season. Her remarks will offer was to deal with the melancholy and overcoming the sadness. Check the website listing for additional details here...

To register for these events, contact the Foundation office at 888-750-2622 or via email at [email protected].

(Editorial Note: As always, we are constantly on the lookout for new topics for our seminar/webinar program, so if you have any ideas, please send to us at [email protected]!)

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