Navigating Memory Loss & Dementia in a Loved One

Speaker: Miller Piggot, Executive Director Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2014
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Place: UAB Hospital West Pavilion Conference Center Board Room
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As our population ages, memory disorders, dementia and Alzheimer’s impact more people every year. The estimated number of Alzheimer’s patients in Alabama has risen from 57,000 to over 93,000 in the last decade.  Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.   One in nine Americans over the age of 65 – mostly women – has the disease, and a new case is diagnosed every 67 seconds.  The disease can consume a family’s resources – physical, financial and emotional. Family members need guidance to navigate through the challenges of understanding the disease and managing the care of their loved one. 

Learn what to expect, how to communicate and how to handle difficult behaviors.  Successful navigation requires developing strategies to cope and care as patients progress from needing supervision, to custodial care to nursing care. 

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) is a local organization serving 21 counties across central Alabama through services, education, advocacy and research.  Miller Piggott, MSW, is a founding member of ACA and has served as the Executive Director since 1997.   In addition to her position with ACA, Miller spent over twenty years working for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Aging and for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), were she was the Education Director and was responsible for outreach, education and recruitment for research studies.    She has been named Professional of the Year by the Alabama Gerontological Society, and was named “Health Care Advocate of the Year”, by the Birmingham Business Journal.   She was given the “Making a Difference” award by NBC13 in December 2013 and was named to the “Top 50 Over 50” by Positive Maturity for 2014.  Miller is a member of the Alabama Legislative Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease. 

This program is offered by the UAB EACC and is open to all UAB, UAB Medicine and VIVA employees.
Space is Limited - To register, please go to to enroll for “Navigating Memory Loss and Dementia” class under the “Catalog” tab.

Moving Through Stress

Dates: Tuesdays September 9, 16, 23 and 30 2014
Time: 5:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place: UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center
2112 11th Avenue South, Suite 330

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Research shows that taking time to move and breathe mindfully has many health benefits.

Learn to move through stress and anxiety with elements of tai chi, breathing, and gentle movements that are designed to help you relax and find your inner balance.

We all move and breathe every day –so what’s the big deal?  The truth is that when we are under stress or experiencing anxiety HOW we move and breath often makes us feel worse instead of better.  The good news is that you can change the way you breathe and the way you move and make your body work for you instead of against you.

This class will teach you some simple techniques and movements to help you calm your mind and body. In each class you will have time to practice different ways of moving and breathing and explore the impact on your mind and body so that you can build your own personal plan for moving through stress and anxiety.  Moving through Stress will be taught by UAB EACC Counselor and New Forest Tai Chi Instructor, Alesia Adams.

This program is offered by the UAB EACC and is open to all UAB, UAB Medicine, and VIVA employees. 
No registration necessary.

Sleeping Well: Getting the Essential Rest You Need

Speaker: Diana Ford, MA, LPC
August 27, 2014 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
UAB Hospital West Pavilion Conference Center Board Room

Have you ever wondered if you are doing everything you can do to get optimal sleep for your well-being? Or wondered how to help your kids sleep or if they are getting enough rest? Are you having trouble sleeping? Waking up feeling tired or having trouble staying awake at work?  Many people take their sleep habits for granted without considering the impact on their daily lives.  Sleep (or lack of sleep) impacts your mood, your ability to manage stress, and your performance in all areas of life.  Diane Ford will address many common sleep questions including:
  • Why do humans absolutely need to sleep?
  • How do the sleep needs of adults and children compare?
  • What gets in the way of good sleep?
  • How can you improve your sleep?

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Abusive Relationships Presentation

Abusive Relationships – Recognizing the Warning Signs
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Speaker: Annetta W. Nunn, Community Outreach Coordinator, YWCA of Central Alabama

July 30, 2014 from Noon to 1 p.m.
UAB Hospital 2nd Floor West Pavilion Conference Center Room E

The presentation will help participants understand the definition of domestic violence and recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship.  Information on the barriers that prevent victims from leaving the relationship, and resources to assist them will also be provided.