How to Help Someone (or Yourself) Through Challenging Times

Speaker: Malcolm L. Marler, D.Min., BCC, Director of Pastoral Care, UAB Hospital
Date: Wednesday November 19, 2014
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Place: UAB Hospital West Pavilion Conference Center Room E
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We all face challenges in our lives. However, very often we don’t know how to help others (or ourselves) when those difficult times happen.
  • What can you say to a friend or family member who is going through a difficult time that will make a difference?
  • What can you do that will make a difference in his or her life?
  • What should you avoid doing that hurts more than helps?
  • How can you coach persons to help you during your own challenging times?
This program will focus on three key tips that make a difference in people's lives during challenging times. Speaker Malcolm Marler has been a Chaplain at UAB for 20 years, and has been the Director of Pastoral Care at UAB Hospital since 2009.

Space is Limited - To register, please go to to enroll for “How to Help Someone (or Yourself) Through Difficult Times” class under the “Catalog” tab.

Promoting Self Esteem in Children

Speaker: Ruby Felton, Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2014
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Place: UAB Hospital West Pavilion Conference Center Room E
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·        This interactive seminar will examine the nature of self-esteem and where it comes from.

·        We will examine the symptoms of high and low self-esteem and examine our own self-esteem and how it impacts our children’s self-esteem.

·        We will also identify strategies for day to day parenting that build our own and our children’s self-esteem.

Ruby Felton is a single parent of an 18 year old son.  She holds a BA in Psychology, a certificate in Gerontology, is a Certified Anger Management Specialist and has been certified as a Facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program. She is the Community Based Program Manager at the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, a non-profit child abuse prevention agency. Her role is to manage & develop their community based programs, which include the Positive Parenting Groups, Nurturing Program, Adult & Teen Anger Management Groups, Speaker’s Bureau and community outreach. She has worked in the social service field for almost 17 years.

The Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) agency whose mission is to act as the principal child abuse and neglect prevention agency, providing parent education and support to both parents and children in the Greater Birmingham/Jefferson/Shelby County area. Simply stated, the mission of the Exchange Club is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. The Exchange Club provides free parenting classes, free In-home parenting support, Adult Anger Management, Teen Anger Management, Community Outreach, and a Speaker’s Bureau Program.

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.