Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Julie B. Wall, Markstein
205-824-7634/Julie@markstein.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – October 16, 2014 - Baptist Health System (BHS) is pleased to join the Walker County District Attorney’s Office and the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County to present an Elder Protection Seminar on Oct. 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in Jasper, Ala.

Many older adults are in danger of physical, psychological, emotional and economic abuse. As residents age, it’s important that communities have the necessary tools to identify and prevent elder abuse. This seminar, which is open to the public and free of charge, will provide safety information for older adults, their family members and caregivers, local law enforcement and legal professionals. After the final presentation, a round table discussion is planned to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions.

Brian Maloney, Ph.D., Gerontologist at Walker Baptist Medical Center’s Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Program, will serve as the kick-off speaker for the seminar. Dr. Maloney will speak on his research about healthy aging while providing helpful tips to successfully navigate the aging process.

“Our bodies begin to change as we age. Therefore it is very important to know the effects that aging has on the body and practice healthy habits every day,” said Dr. Maloney. “I am honored to work with our local officials and businesses to protect our elders.”

The seminar is presented by the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, Byars-Wright Insurance, Walker Baptist Medical Center, Alabama Securities Commission, Bank of Walker County, Security Federal Bank and First Bank of Jasper.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit BaptistHealthAlabama.org.

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