• The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center offers four free tobacco counseling sessions, either in one-on-one or group sessions. Contact the EACC at 205-934-2281.
  • The Alabama State Quitline offers free coaching and a personalized quit plan, a five-call program one time per week, a completion certificate, and eight weeks of free nicotine patches based on eligibility. Contact the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or find more info at quitnowalabama.com.

Sponsored jointly by:
The Office of Clinical and Global Partnerships, UAB School of Nursing and UAB Employee Assistance

Are you supporting an aging parent while caring for your own children? If so, you are part of the Sandwich Generation and you are not alone. Nearly half (47%) of middle aged adults find themselves in this situation.

This FREE series is designed to help members of the UAB community with eldercare concerns and challenges. The 30-minute talks, repeated twice during the lunch hour, are presented by experts in the fields of elder care and caregiver education. UAB School of Nursing is nationally recognized for its commitment to caring for older adults through its membership in the National Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. We invite you to attend and bring your lunch.

“Happy Holidays! Creating Dementia-Friendly Environments and Traditions.”
Rita Jablonski-Jaudon, PhD, CRNP, is a nationally recognized expert in behavioral and psychiatric symptoms associated with dementia. Her specialty is care-resistant behavior. Dr. Jablonski-Jaudon will offer concrete ways for caregivers and their families to enjoy holiday traditions without triggering dementia-related behaviors.
Nov. 10, 2015
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
School of Nursing, 1701 University Blvd., Room 1020
“Resources for Dementia Care: A Caregiver's Toolbox."
Elizabeth Crooks, DNP, RN, CNE has created highly sought after education programs for healthcare professionals and caregivers to help them find the services they need to meet the changing needs of someone living with dementia.  Dr. Crooks will share local resources available to caregivers to help them manage a variety of issues including: problem behaviors, driving, need for supervision, family and relationship strain, personal hygiene and nutrition, decision-making, and caregiver respite. In addition, she will discuss strategies to locate resources in areas outside of metro-Birmingham.
Feb. 9, 2016
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
School of Nursing, 1701 University Blvd., Room 1020
“When staying home is no longer an option: Finding the right level of care for a family member with dementia.”
Natalie Baker, DNP, CRNP, is a board certified gerontological nurse practitioner, specializing in the care of frail older adults. Dr. Baker has 25 years of experience in providing primary care to patients with cognitive issues and counselling family members on placement decisions. Dr. Baker will discuss different levels of care provided in assisted living facilities and nursing homes and explore potential pitfalls with institutional care.
April 12, 2016
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
School of Nursing, 1701 University Blvd., Room 1020
Gani Folami, Ed.S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has successfully completed Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor Certification Program (JSOCC) at University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. He is also an approved Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (S-LPC) by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. He is a member of American Counseling Association and Alabama Counseling Association.

Gani has a Bachelor of Science from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in Criminal Justice and he received a Master of Arts in Agency Counseling from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his Ed.S in Agency Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Gani worked as a Clinical Team Leader at JBS Mental Health Authority where he coordinated, implemented and delivered treatment services to severely emotionally/behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents and their families to prevent out of home placements. He was a Program Director at Glenwood Inc. where he coordinated and delivered various mental health/mental retardation services to the children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and their family members. He served as Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP) and as Licensed Medicaid Eligible Therapist (LMET). In his capacity at Aletheia House, he assessed and implemented treatments for Adults who are in recovery for substance abuse. In his role as Clinical Therapist at Alabama Clinical Schools, he provided treatment to children and adolescents who are youth sex offenders. He was later promoted to Residential Director. Gani works with individuals, couples and families and his clinical areas of experience and expertise include: ADHD, addictions, depression, stress management, anger management, parenting, autism, sex offender, grief and loss, relationship issues, blended families and trauma.
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Gani Folami
Employee Assistance and Couseling Center Counselor
Learn how to start a support team for a person you care about.

Director of UAB Pastoral Care Malcolm Marler and Support Team Network Manager R. Drexel Rayford will speak Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. at the UAB Hospital West Pavillion Conference Center Board Room, sharing their method for training volunteers on how to use a disciplined team approach to help meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of families of persons with health care concerns. 

The program will cover how to:
  • Talk with a friend about the option of a support team;
  • Compile a list of potential support team members;
  • Gather potential support team members together at a time and place;
  • Organize them according to their available time and what they love to do;
  • Select a team leader from among the team members;
  • Turn the work of caring over to the support team.
This program is offered by the UAB EACC and is open to all UAB, UAB Medicine, VIVA and Homewood Board of Education employees.
Space is limited; to register, please go to uab.edu/learningsystem to enroll for “Support Teams 101 - EACC” class under the Catalog tab.

View the event flyer