Alva Baker, III, MD, HMDC, CMDR, began caring for frail elderly patients in the long-term care setting in 1972. He served as the Medical Director for Episcopal Ministries to the Aging (EMA) from 1980 until his retirement in June of 2009 as Vice President for Health and Wellness Services for EMA. He concurrently served as the Executive Director of The Copper Ridge Institute, wherein his focus of research and teaching has been on the care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. He served on the faculty of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also serves on the Gerontology faculty at McDaniel College. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospice and Palliative Network of Maryland. Dr. Baker is an Emeritus member of the Medical Staff of Carroll Hospital Center, and he is currently a member of the Medical Staff of Meritus Medical Center. He is a Certified Medical Director, Retired, and a member of the AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, for which he served as President in 2007-2008. Board certified in Geriatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he presently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Hospice of Washington County, in Hagerstown.