National MS Society
Past Educational Teleconference Series
Join us from the comfort of your own phone for a year of informative conference calls on a diverse range of topics for people living with MS. This educational series is free and made available through the collaboration of the following chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Connecticut, Greater New England, Long Island, New Jersey Metro, New York City - Southern New York, Rhode Island and Upstate New York.
You can access recordings from previous teleconferences by clicking the "play now" button under previous recordings.
Improving Independence in Progressive MS
June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN
MS symptoms can sometimes progress to the point that they significantly interfere with daily activities. Maintaining control and independence in daily living does not always mean doing things the same way you did them before. This call will discuss how to navigate the world of assistive technology and suggest ways to modify your environment, at home and at work to optimize independence.
Multiple Sclerosis, Sex and Intimacy
Join us for a forthright discussion about the personal and intimate side of living with MS. This presentation provides opportunities for participants to explore concepts of intimacy, challenge their communication skills and explore a range of sexual expressions to awaken or enhance the sexual connection.
*Pamela S. Boyle, MS, FAACS, socialization and sexuality specialist at AHRC Nassau and sexuality and disability consultant.
Below The Belt: Bladder and Bowel Issues in MS
MS certified nurse, former clinic nurse coordinator at the MS Center at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA.
Learn about common bladder and bowel issues that can arise with MS, as well as ways to treat and cope with them.
*Christine St. Laurent, MSN, RN, MSCN
Parenting Skills- Developing a Tool Kit for families with MS
This teleconference will help you identify your parenting strengths, and challenges managing MS and parenting responsibilities. It will focus on the importance of communication, planning, prioritizing and developing a support network.
*Nancy Lowenstein, OT
Mount Auburn Hospital Comprehensive MS Care Center and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Occupational Therapy Program, Boston University, MA
Speaker: Ronnie Hochberg, MS, CRC, LMHC
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY
Where is My Memory? Cognitive Changes in MS
This teleconference will explain cognitive issues in MS and delve into the impact of cognitive dysfunction on everyday life. Tools to help people with MS manage and adapt to the impact of cognitive symptoms will also be explored.
*John DeLuca, PhD
Vice President for Research, Kessler Foundation Research Center, Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Neurology and Neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Speaker: Jeffrey Gingold
Person living with MS and author of the award-winning books, “Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis” and “Mental Sharpening Stones.”
Emerging Therapies for MS Treatment
The emergence of new MS therapies is both exciting and challenging for people living with MS and the clinicians who treat them. An MS specialist neurologist will discuss the most recent information concerning newly emerging MS therapies to promote a better understanding and educate participants on treatment options.Speaker:
Speaker: Stephen Krieger, MD
Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
Using Assistive Technology for People Living with MS
This teleconference will explore a variety of assistive technologies that can enable people living with MS to function better at home, at work and at leisure. The presenter will also address resources that may be available in the community for funding of equipment.
Speaker: Mark Surabian
Assistive Technology Practitioner, Pace University, New York, NY and owner/creator of web-based resource, www.Cognitechcafe.com
Management and Rehabilitation of Advanced MS
This teleconference will present a brief overview of advanced MS and the current status of research and practical application of symptom management.
Speaker: George H. Kraft, M.D., M.S.
Director of the Western Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Center and Alvord Professor of MS Research; Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle
Staying Healthy With Vitamins and Oral Supplements
Learn about the pros and cons of oral supplements and discuss some of the most commonly used vitamins, minerals and herbs.
Speaker: Patricia Melville, NP-C
Stony Brook MS Comprehensive Care Center, Stony Brook, NY
Top 10 List of MS Questions
This call will address the most common questions and concerns facing individuals newly diagnosed with MS.
Speaker: Angela Applebee, M.D.
Director, MS Center of Northern New England at Fletcher Allen Health Care
People who have “invisible” MS symptoms have a unique set of difficulties. This call will address the “invisible” symptoms of MS such as pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues and how to manage these symptoms effectively.
Speaker: Pam Mills, RN, BSN, MSCN
Registered nurse who specializes in oncology and multiple sclerosis
MS: A Family Affair
MS comes with many challenges for both the individual and family living with MS. Changes occur in family roles and everyday functions. Learning about MS and communicating are effective strategies for coping with these challenges and developing a healthier lifestyle.
Speaker: Peggy Crawford, Ph.D., PSYD, Clinical Psychologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; contributing author to Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families
Speaker: Bonnie Danowski, family member of a person with MS and active volunteer for NMSS Arizona Chapter
Additional teleconferences may be added throughout the year. Please be sure to frequently view the chapter website often to stay informed about all program updates.