Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Edwards, Colo. – Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’s free one-day JUMPSTART program, held Friday, May 6, 2011 in Vancouver, BC (venue TBD), is an educational and interactive program where people with MS and support partners learn the knowledge, skills and tools to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and actively co-manage their MS. This JUMPSTART program, held in collaboration with the MS Society of Canada, provides presentations, workshops and interactive sessions so participants can see themselves beyond the challenges of their MS.
“Traditional medical models for managing chronic disease tend to overlook many important aspects of living with MS, including the emotional, interpersonal, mental and social health of a patient,” said Kim Sharkey, CEO, Can Do MS. “We offer a comprehensive, personalized and interdisciplinary approach to enable people to become active co-managers of their health and well-being.”
Can Do MS connects the expertise of industry professionals from across the field of MS care management, including neurologists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered nurses, physicians and nutritionists. Each JUMPSTART program is customized and covers topics ranging from how to deal with cognitive and fatigue issues to goal-setting, nutrition, exercise and maintaining emotional well-being.
Scheduled Workshops and Presentations:
- “Getting Your Head Around the Cognitive Changes In MS” – Roz Kalb, PhD
- “Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Managing YOUR MS” – Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN
- “Support Partner Session” – Roz Kalb, PhD
- “Pilates for People with MS” – Anna Cotton, CPI
The support partner session allows family members and/or friends, to be acknowledged, understood, accepted and respected by a community of peers and health professionals.
This JUMPSTART program is limited to 100 participants and will fill quickly. Please register online at www.mscando.org/multiple-sclerosis-programs/jumpstart or call Ron Wheeler at 800-367-3101 ext. 1277.
A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, Colorado, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.mscando.org or call 970-926-1290.