National Multiple Sclerosis Society
This is a nine week series that runs Tuesday nights (7-8 pm) from April 1 through May 27.
9 Audio Files of Past Programs to Learn More About MS from the Comfort of Your Home
We are pleased to present a series of teleconferences for clients with MS and their families entitled “LINKS.” Whether you just received a diagnosis of MS or have been living with it for a long time--the goal of this series is to “link” you with information and tips on how to maintain your quality of life in the years ahead.
Click on the topic below to listen to the audio of the program.
Driving and MS (original program held on 4-1-2014)
Few things in life give such a sense of freedom as the ability to drive a car. Unfortunately, the cognitive and physical impairments that accompany MS can sometimes jeopardize this freedom. In this call, Dr. Schultheis will speak about her research on these factors and how they can impact a person’s ability to drive. She’ll also provide some tips and advice for ensuring that you are safe every time you get behind the wheel.
Gait (Walking Problems) and MS (original program held on 4-8-14)
Problems with gait (difficulty in walking) are among the most common mobility limitations in MS. Learn about the factors that lead to walking limitations in MS and the consequences of decreased mobility, as well as therapeutic and assistive technology options available to help address these problems.
How Kids Perceive MS (original program held on 4-15-14)
Your daughter is trying out for the varsity basketball team. Your son is rehearsing for his first performance with the youth orchestra and your youngest is heading off to kindergarten. They are trying to keep pace with all the demands of school and friends and growing up. You’re waiting for the “right time” to tell them what’s behind your frequent doctor visits, trips to physical therapy and constant fatigue. You try to mask it and maintain a brave front as best you can; but you can tell they suspect something. Join us as we discuss how children and adolescents may perceive illness, especially when it affects a parent; and ways to get this important conversation started in your home.
Emotional Health and MS (original program held on 4-22-14)
In addition to its physical symptoms, MS may have profound emotional consequences that can seem confusing and overwhelming. Please join this call as we discuss the unpredictable emotional changes that may take place with MS, as well as how to manage emotional health with MS including physiological changes, symptom management and treatment options.
Why Everyone Needs a Power of Attorney (original program held on 4-29-14)
Estate planning for individuals with disabilities requires specific knowledge beyond ordinary legal documentation. This planning recognizes the special needs of a person with a disability and the relevant government benefits programs, care and living options, and quality of life. The cornerstone of an effective plan is an appropriately drafted Power of Attorney. While Powers of Attorney vary in characteristics, specific planning considerations related to disability issues must be considered in order to provide effective, long term use of this planning document.
The African-American Experience (original program held on 5-6-14)
The myth that African Americans do not get MS is just that — a myth. African Americans do get MS. In fact, studies suggest that MS can be especially active in African Americans. Listen in on this call as Dr. Mary Hughes, chair of the National MS Society’s African American Advisory Council, discusses issues ranging from clinical course of MS to response to therapy to genetics.
Gotta Go, Gotta Go! An Update on Bladder Problems in Individuals Living with MS (original program held on 5-13-14)
Bladder dysfunction, which can include frequency and/or urgency of urination, hesitancy in starting urination, frequent nighttime urination, and incontinence, occurs in at least 80% of people living with MS. Join this call as we explore more about the normal neurologic control of the bladder and what can occur with MS regarding neurologic control. This call will also discuss signs and symptoms of bladder problems, diagnostic tests, and treatment options.
Complimentary Approach to MS (original program held on 5-20-14)
In the United States, approximately 75% of people with MS use one form or another of complementary and alternative medicine, generally in combination with their prescribed MS treatments. This teleconference will be an interactive workshop that combines the best of the East and the West in regard to managing your MS. Participants will learn a complementary approach including energy movement, such as Tai Chi and Qi Qong as a form of healing, as well as changes in diet, life style, and essential supplements in addition to the conventional medical treatments currently available.
Progress in Treatment Options and MS (original program held on 5-27-14)
Research in MS is progressing at a remarkable rate, with more potential therapies in the pipeline than at any other time in history. Join us and learn how far we’ve come, where we’re going, and what the Society and others are doing to move toward a world free of MS.