March is MS Awareness Month!
Friday, March 8th
MS Night with the Providence Bruins
7:05PM— Come see the Providence Bruins face the WB/Scranton Penguins at the Dunkin Donuts’ Center with your family and friends! Tickets are just $16 each and the deadline to purchase is February 27th.
Sunday, March 10th
Great Harvest Bakery Fundraiser and Book Signing
9:00AM-2:00PM— Visit the bakery for delicious breads and cookies baked and sold by chapter staff and volunteers with 100% of the proceeds going to support the Rhode Island Chapter. Local authors Betty J. Cotter and M.E. Reilly-McGreen will be greeting our supporters and signing copies of their latest books.
Monday, March 11th
Navigating the Waters of Social Security Disability for People with MS
6:00PM— Attorney Donna Nesselbush will be discussing programs, processes and benefits, as well as answering all of your questions about Social Security Disability Insurance. Seminar will be held at the chapter office, 205 Hallene Road, Suite 209, Warwick, RI 02886.
Registration is required and space is limited.
Thursday, March 14th
General Assembly Declares MS Awareness Week
2:00PM— You are invited to a special afternoon at the Rhode Island State House! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your state legislators and encourage them to support the MS Society’s mission. At 4:00PM, we invite you to hear the MS Awareness Week resolutions read aloud in the House and Senate Chambers!
Wednesday, March 27th
Managing Spasticity in MS followed by a reading from
“Renovating the Brain: Reflections on Disability and Culture”
Spasticity is one of the most challenging and one of the most common of all MS symptoms. It comes and goes and feels different to each person. Enormous progress has been made in controlling spasticity. Dr. Mukand will be discussing the assessment and management of spasticity including oral medications, the baclofen pump, and Botox injections. You will also learn about the new advances in MS rehabilitation which focus on tone and spasticity.
Following the lecture, Dr. Mukand will be reading a selection from his upcoming book, “Renovating the Brain: Reflections on Disability and Culture.” He will also be selling and signing copies of his latest book, “The Man with the Bionic Brain.” Dr. Mukand is graciously donating the proceeds from the book sales at this program to the RI Chapter.
For more details, questions, or to register for any of the events,
please call (401) 738-8383, option 1
Adaptive Tai Chi for People with MS
Tuesdays, March 26—April 30, 2013
Rhode Island Chapter Office
205 Hallene Road, Suite 209
Warwick, RI 02886
Have you ever thought of taking a Tai Chi course?
Deep breathing, relaxation, and slow, gentle movements are the primary elements of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art that is gentler than most forms of yoga. Some of the most important types of balance can be accessed with sitting exercises.
True to its Buddhist roots, Tai Chi seeks to:
- Relieve stress
- Improve focus
- Improve muscle tone
- Develop balance of the mind and the body
This six week series is an adaptive Tai Chi designed for people with MS. Our facilitator, Allan Knight, has been a student of Tai Chi for 29 years and a teacher for the last 16 years. In addition to teaching Tai Chi, Allan is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master.
Registration Fee $20.00 (non refundable)
Registration deadline is Friday, March 22, 2013
Space is limited to 15 participants
For more information, please call (401) 738-8383, option 1
The MS Poetry Project
BECAUSE VOICES CANNOT BE SILENCED
The Ocean State Poets are proud to partner with the RI Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to spotlight the voices of those living with and caring for individuals with multiple sclerosis.
Join us for a three-part workshop where you will write with others in an atmosphere that creates a community of individuals discovering the power of their own imaginations. The workshop will be facilitated by Brian Callahan, Ocean State Poet and English teacher at Pilgrim High School in Warwick.
April 10, April 24, May 8
According to the Institute for Poetic Medicine,
"Writing allows us to discover how vulnerabilities and strengths can co-exist, even thrive together. Poems can reveal deep insight and compassion. They can give voice to what is raw in your life and that honesty, creatively expressed and explored, can bolster and guide you through rough times. Your writing can transform you at profound levels."
This three-part workshop is free of charge, however, pre-registration is required.
To register, please call (401) 738-8383 (option 1) or click here.