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Medicare Report

Americans on the threshold of retirement—along with those beginning to look long-term at their retirement plans—are faced with a bewildering array of options, policies, and decision criteria that must be evaluated to ensure that they make the right choices at the right time. Guidance to navigate these bureaucratic waters is scarce, often limited to simple assistance in completing the forms necessary to activate the decisions that must be made. Advice on what is right for the individual is difficult at best to come by.

Beginning with a fairly broad definition of Medicare’s history and the major milestones that the program has passed since its 1965 enactment and continuing through documentation of Medicare’s major components, the AMAC Foundation’s objective with this site is to help Americans understand their benefits and obligations as they participate. In addition to Medicare’s background information, the site presents newsfeeds on developing information about all facets of the Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and Healthcare in general. These newsfeeds, posted daily, are culled from a broad range of media sources, and are categorized as an aid to site visitors having an interest in tracking specific Medicare components.

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Social Security Report

One of the Foundation’s key services is the maintenance of a website focused exclusively on Social Security and its many issues. AMAC’s Social Security Report website is a resource for anyone interested in the state of our country’s Social Security program, and includes these features:

  • Daily news feeds on major breaking news and legislative developments affecting Social Security
  • Questions and answers relevant to topics of interest to the public
  • A “toolkit” of resources site visitors can use in decision-making
  • An archive of documents on key Social Security issues
  • A link to AMAC’s proposal for prototype Social Security legislation

Designed originally as a service to Congressional Aides and their Senators and Representatives to stay abreast of developments and projections on Social Security and its related programs, the site has evolved to be much more than that. Its content, and its attention to breaking news, have made it a ready source of facts, figures, and statistics on a wide variety of Social Security-related topics.

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Focused Resources on Senior Health and Wellness…Presented in partnership with Tuck.com

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Sleep Health Resources

At Tuck, sleep health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being as determined by the quality of an individual's sleep. Tuck’s definition is broad and covers everything from types of sleep (polyphasic, biphasic, etc.) to the way your health is impacted by sleep both positively and negatively. Learn more in our library of guides accessible here...

Sleep Medicine

Medicines can profoundly affect sleep quality in both positive and negative ways. Tuck.com provides in-depth information on the prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications on the market today as well as non-drug related sleep therapies. Intended for both the curious sleeper as well as the sleep professionals, you'll find simple definitions, side effects, drug interactions to be aware of alongside journal publications and clinical studies. Access the detailed information of Sleep Medicines.

Mattresses

Tuck has gathered and verified the largest set of mattress customer experiences available on the web, along with in-depth guides to understand what components make up your ideal sleep surface based on your height, weight, body type and sleep preferences, how to find the best price on a mattress, how to get properly dispose of your old mattress and much, much more. Access this information here…

Parasomnias

Parasomnias are disorders of arousal or the interface between sleep and waking. Think of them as abnormal arousals. More precisely, they occur at the transitions between waking, NREM sleep, and REM sleep. Parasomnias may be induced or exacerbated by sleep but they are not disorders of the sleep stages. Read more about this fascinating subject here…

Sleep Disorders

Sleep-related complaints are second only to complaints of pain as a cause to seek medical attention. Tuck classifies sleep disorders broadly into three categories: parasomnias (problems around the interface between sleep and waking), dyssomnias (problems getting to sleep or staying asleep) and circadian rhythm disorders (where the body gets off track and doesn't sleep at the right time). Read on to learn about this aspect of sleep…

Demographic Guides

Demographic differences play a huge role in an individual's sleep. Access all of the resources created at Tuck to address these.

Notice: The links provided above connects readers to the full content of the posted articles. The URL (internet address) for these links are valid on the posted date; AMAC Foundation cannot guarantee the duration of the links’ validity. Also, the opinions expressed in these postings are the viewpoints of the original source and are not explicitly endorsed by AMAC, Inc. or the AMAC Foundation, Inc.

Disability Information

The Foundation periodically receives information that is vital to a specific demographic or population segment, and in keeping with our mission of providing education relevant to our constituency, we take steps to make it available to visitors to our site.

We recently received a communication from Educator Labs, an organization comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web. Among other things, Educator Labs’ mission is to strengthen connections among the educational web by acting as courier of emerging topics and collections of reference materials for use by educators nationwide.

In carrying out their mission, Educator Labs often compiles collections of material that has a high degree of relevance and importance to population segments outside of the education community. One such example involves a “Toolkit” they have developed to provide information of critical importance to Americans with disabilities. At the AMAC Foundation, we believe that a substantial segment of our constituency includes seniors with disabilities, and have agreed to provide this information to that portion of our readers via this post.

Why is this an important topic?

Consider this excerpt from a United States Census Bureau news release issued in conjunction with the ADA’s 22 anniversary…

About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The report shows that 41 percent of those age 21 to 64 with any disability were employed, compared with 79 percent of those with no disability. Along with the lower likelihood of having a job came the higher likelihood of experiencing persistent poverty; that is, continuous poverty over a 24-month period. Among people age 15 to 64 with severe disabilities, 10.8 percent experienced persistent poverty; the same was true for 4.9 percent of those with a non severe disability and 3.8 percent of those with no disability.

Other highlights:

  • People in the oldest age group — 80 and older — were about eight times more likely to have a disability as those in the youngest group — younger than 15 (71 percent compared with 8 percent). The probability of having a severe disability is only one in 20 for those 15 to 24 while it is one in four for those 65 to 69.
  • About 8.1 million people had difficulty seeing, including 2.0 million who were blind or unable to see.
  • About 7.6 million people experienced difficulty hearing, including 1.1 million whose difficulty was severe. About 5.6 million used a hearing aid.
  • Roughly 30.6 million had difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker.
  • About 19.9 million people had difficulty lifting and grasping. This includes, for instance, trouble lifting an object like a bag of groceries, or grasping a glass or a pencil.
  • Difficulty with at least one activity of daily living was cited by 9.4 million non institutionalized adults. These activities included getting around inside the home, bathing, dressing and eating. Of these people, 5 million needed the assistance of others to perform such an activity.
  • About 15.5 million adults had difficulties with one or more instrumental activities of daily living. These activities included doing housework, using the phone and preparing meals. Of these, nearly 12 million required assistance.
  • Approximately 2.4 million had Alzheimer’s disease, senility or dementia.
  • Being frequently depressed or anxious such that it interfered with ordinary activities was reported by 7.0 million adults.
  • Adults age 21 to 64 with disabilities had median monthly earnings of $1,961 compared with $2,724 for those with no disability.
  • Overall, the uninsured rates for adults 15 to 64 were not statistically different by disability status: 21.0 percent for people with severe disabilities, 21.3 percent for those with non severe disabilities and 21.9 percent for those with no disability.

According to a CDC report, people with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to report having poorer overall health, less access to adequate health care and more engagement in risky behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity.

In the words of Educator Labs, “(t)his means that we need to work together to build supportive communities. Indeed, these facts drove our team to put together a toolkit to help empower our disabled population with their options and their rights!”

The Toolkit Contents

The AMAC Foundation is pleased to partner with Educator Labs by providing site visitors access to the components of their toolkit via the these links:

AMAC

From a mere start-up in 2007, AMAC has evolved into an extraordinary force with considerable traction in our nation’s Capital. With over a million members, AMAC has positioned itself as an organization that our country’s leaders are taking note of, and they’re accomplishing this by advancing solutions instead of rhetoric.

AMAC is focused squarely on protecting the interests of America’s seniors. They offer an alternative perspective on how to best solve the problems faced by seniors today, and they’re on your side when it comes to fighting runaway taxes, excessive government involvement in our day-to-day lives, and the erosion of accountability at all levels of government. AMAC feels it is time for the people to speak out for the traditional American values of faith, family, and freedom. They promise to be your advocate and to fight the good fight.

AMAC also offers a variety of consumer benefits for their members including travel discounts, competitively priced insurance products, Roadside Assistance, retail and restaurant discounts, and a host of other benefits and savings opportunities in between.

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Florida Ombudsman Program

“The mission of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life for all Florida long-term care residents by advocating for and protecting their health, safety, welfare and rights.” This federal- and state-mandated program operates under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and is designed to provide volunteers to maintain a presence in Florida’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes, through which residents’ concerns can be identified and communicated for resolution.

The AMAC Foundation’s mission of “Supporting and Educating America’s Seniors” is closely aligned with the mission of the Department of Elder Affairs and the Ombudsman Program, and we have joined forces with them to recruit area volunteers to be trained to help make a difference. These volunteers will be prepared to advocate for the thousands of long-term care residents in Florida, with an initial focus on the program’s North Central Florida region.

For more information, contact Sandra Sinagra at the AMAC Foundation (1-888-750-2622) or email info@amacfoundation.org.

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Media Kit

Our marketing materials include a downloadable set of informative documents describing the Foundation, its accomplishments, its current and future project plans, and opportunities for you to support us! Click below for a copy.

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Annual Reports

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Frequently Asked Questions

AThe “Donate” button in the upper right portion of our “Home” page offers you the opportunity to make a contribution electronically. Click here to go to the Donation page. Please note that contributions made to the Foundation are, once accepted by the Foundation, non-refundable.

If you’d prefer, you can make a contribution over the telephone at 1-888-750-2622, or you can mail a check to:

The AMAC Foundation
312 Teague Trail, Suite 200
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Email: info@amacfoundation.com

The AMAC Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization registered in the State of Florida. Your contribution may be tax deductible…contact your financial adviser for more information. Once accepted by the Foundation, all donations are non-refundable. Please note that once donations are accepted by our Foundation, they are not refundable.

AThe Foundation’s target constituency includes mature Americans age 50 and over, of all income and education levels. In addition, this audience includes anyone needing to have a complete understanding of Social Security and its related programs to help them achieve the maximum benefit to which they are or will be entitled. Demographically, the Foundation’s target constituency is characterized by a set of statistics that fit well with the mission of service to mature Americans. Consider that:

  • 90 million Americans are ages 50+
  • 2 million Americans age 55 and older are long-term unemployed
  • 9.4% of Americans age 65-74 are below the poverty line (census estimate 2009)
  • 6% of Americans age 85 and older are considered newly impoverished

AThe Foundation provides valuable education and insight into Social Security benefit options and health care options to its constituency. Although the Foundation is in its formative stage, service to America’s mature citizens has already begun. Operation of the Social Security Report and Medicare Report websites is underway, providing breaking news on critical issues as a service to Congressional offices and concerned citizens, along with questions and answers on a variety of Social Security issues. In addition, the Foundation’s staff has been augmented with Certified Social Security Advisors to provide research and counseling on behalf of the Foundation’s constituency.

During its initial year of operation, the Foundation conducted a national Health Care Symposium in 2014 featuring keynote addresses from some of the most prominent voices in the health care debate, along with panel discussions on substantive health care issues. Video archives of these various keynote remarks and panels are available for review by contacting the Foundation.

The Foundation also produces documents designed to aid officials in the operation and management of major programs, as evidenced by the publication last year of the acclaimed “Who’s Who in Social Security.” This document was prepared as a road map of sorts for key decision-makers in the Social Security arena, and has been made available to virtually every Congressional representative and their staffs.

Foundation representatives have earned certification as Social Security Advisors, qualifying them to counsel retirees and pre-retirees on questions and issues pertaining to Social Security. The training preceding the qualification exam equips these Advisors to provide guidance on the many Social Security options available, and enables them to provide a trusted service to the public. Certification is accredited through the Ohio-based National Social Security Association (NSSA). These four Advisors handle questions submitted to the Foundation, either by telephone (888-750-2622), by email (info@AmacFoundation.com, or in person by appointment at the Foundation’s office (312 Teague Trail, Lady Lake, Florida. “The certification of our Foundation representatives is critical to our mission of supporting and educating America’s seniors,” reports President Dan Weber, “and we believe that providing credible, unbiased information to people in, or aging into, Social Security is an important part of what the Foundation does. And, since the Foundation is a tax-exempt organization relying solely on contributions from the public to operate, there is no charge for this valuable service.”

The Foundation researches emerging issues of importance to Americans of all ages and publishes research papers on various media for access by the general public. Likewise, the Foundation staff regularly conducts public seminars on topics of interest to seniors, and presents these seminars free-of-charge. Many of these seminars and workshops are conducted as collaborations between the Foundation and other community organizations, providing a synergistic benefit to the public.

For a more complete answer to this FAQ, consult the Foundation’s Annual Reports, available via the AMAC Foundation Resources page

ALooking ahead, the Foundation envisions a mixture of complementing services designed to contribute to the well-being of its constituency. Among these planned services are an informative website dedicated to Medicare and its components, a Health Care Advisory service structured to provide counsel on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and a service dedicated to workforce development and employability for older Americans. Another area envisioned for the Foundation’s future is the production of information in support of small businesses and free enterprise, delivered via a variety of social media outlets.

AThe AMAC Foundation senses that America’s Social Security program is at-risk to fail in its mission of providing a safety net to prevent elderly Americans from falling into poverty. The Foundation seeks to provide information the public needs to know to determine the truth about Social Security and to offer options to ensure the Social Security System’s sustainability for future generations.

Another compounding factor is the belief that many Americans have that Social Security will face bankruptcy in their lifetimes; consequently, they may make uninformed decisions based on either false information or bad assumptions.

The government is not helping these people; in fact, the directive from the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Maryland, specificities that all clerks must sign eligible people up as quickly as possible. No time is allowed to offer specialized or individualized advice; rather, the official rule is to refer inquires to their website, which is intended to provide all the information they need to make decisions that will affect them for the remainder of their lives. In fact, many people are urged to sign up for Social Security benefits at age 62, resulting in a substantial reduction (potentially as much as 30%) in their benefits.

AIn 2013, we launched an informative website (Social Security Report) that provides breaking news, policy updates, and a whole lot of current information about what’s going on in Washington and around the country concerning Social Security. Updated daily, this site posts hundreds of current bipartisan news alerts each month, maintains a searchable library of hundreds of frequently asked questions about Social Security, and houses a library of informative white papers and documents on major issues affecting Social Security and its related topics.

ASimilar to the Social Security Report, our “Medicare Report” website is a source of extensive information on Medicare and its components, including the history, current status, and detail documentation of Medicare’s primary parts. The site also features a daily recap of breaking news about website, channeling alerts, legislative updates, and a variety of informative news about this vital senior program.

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