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 I recently attended the Bat Mitzvah of my niece Mya. This is a coming of age ritual for Jewish children who reach the age of 13. It takes over a year of practice and study as they learn a Jewish Sabbath service, prayers (in Hebrew and English) and are required to make a speech to the congregation.Her achievement was particularly impressive. She overcame some learning disabilities which we thought would prevent her from accomplishing this, and that was no easy task. What she accomplished cl...
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I want to bring to your attention that this month is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. In the United States, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers. Read more: month there are walks and runs across the country to raise money for Alzheimer’s and I hope you will consider joining a team and participating. Many of our AAHAM members have family members or k...
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Last week we had a great ANI in Orlando, I sure hope you were able to join us. With the ANI behind us; we are settling in and enjoying the fall season.  Usually, I blog about the changing season, crisp fall days and the smell of fall leaves but I wanted to let you know about the recent changes that have taken place in my family.For those of you who may not know; I am a dog lover.  Not only do I support many rescue organizations; my home is haven to German Shepherds, a cat and nume...
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Go Pink in October

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 We want to remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please help in spreading the word to increase awareness of the disease and in raising funds for research in its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the US will get breast cancer at some point. Breast cancer is not exclusive to women and men can have it as well.  The good news is that people can s...
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The Sense of Belonging & Membership Benefits

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 With our ANI just around the corner, I started thinking about the sense of belonging. For many of our members and exhibitors, coming to the ANI is an annual event. They are comfortable seeing many old friends they’ve met over the years.We laugh that often the first thing someone says when they see you at a conference is, “when did you get in?” Greeting people you haven’t seen in a while is a great feeling of connection. But there are many people who come to the ANI ...
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The Power of Communication

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I was reading an article about the power of communication that I think offered some excellent tips that I wanted to pass along. These tips are valuable in our workplaces and our personal lives.  Our successes depend on communicating effectively. The internationally known business consultant, Ferdinand Fournies, emphasizes friendliness in building relationships in a business environment but these are applicable in other situations as well.Friendliness means doing the little things you may th...
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With the upcoming ANI being held at the Disney Swan this year; I thought it was a good time to brush up on some Orlando trivia. I was amazed at how little I know about this central Florida city or about Disney World. Let’s see how well you do.What is the nickname of Orlando? Is it called Sunshine City, City for All Seasons, Land of the Mouse, or The City Beautiful?   If you guessed, The City Beautiful, you would be correct. While many visitors see only the theme parks, there are ...
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The Dog Days of Summer Are Perfect for PAM Week Planning
These certainly are the dog days of summer. It’s been so hot that even my dogs sometimes don’t want to venture for their evening walk. Bear, my big guy just hunkers down and won’t budge when I get the leashes out and Crosby comes along to keep me and KD company, but then lays down in the shade every chance he gets!    But amid these long days hot of summer, we are busy planning for our upcoming ANI and National Patient Account Management Week (PAM Week). Th...
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I was reading Parade magazine last Sunday and there was an article in ln there about slowing the aging process. Since I recently had another birthday, I was immediately interested! Here is what they said NOT to do:Don’t commute more than 30 miles (ok, that’s an easy one)Watch more than 2 hours of TV a day   (oops)Don’t have sex less than once a week (no comment)Have more than 1 drink a day (again, no comment)Sit for more than 3 hours a day (not sure if my more than 2 ...
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Morning Rituals

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THE ROAD OF SUCCESS STARTS IN THE MORNING For those of you, who know me; know that I’m not a morning person. Yet I have my rituals and over the years have developed habits that serve me the best. How you start your day may be considerably different than mine but each of us finds a way to make their day more manageable.In a recent Success magazine there was an article about how successful people find ways to make their mornings more manageable. I want to share some of these tips with y...
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