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April 29, 2014 - Essential Legal Documents

Posted by pae on May 30th, 2014

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.

Guest Speaker: Julian E. Gray, Certified Elder Law Attorney is the founder and managing attorney of Julian Gray Associates located in Moon Township and the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. Julian concentrates his practice in the areas of Elder Law, disability and special needs planning, as well as Veterans benefits. Mr. Gray received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law. Mr. Gray has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Superlawyer and in Best Lawyers in America. He is one of only a few Certified Elder Law Attorneys practicing in Western Pennsylvania. Julian Gray also authors a monthly Elder Law column in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

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May 6, 2014 - MS: The African-American Experience

Posted by pae on May 8th, 2014

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.  

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary Hughes is chair of the Department of Neurology at Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina. She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed her residency at Emory University in Atlanta. She also completed a fellowship in neurology at the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Prior to relocating to Greenville, she served as medical director of the Augusta (GA) Multiple Sclerosis Center and as an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia.

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April 30, 2014 - Achieving Optimal Wellness: Exercise & Nutrition

Posted by pae on May 6th, 2014

Learn about the benefits and importance of wellness behaviors, exercise and nutrition to manage the symptoms of MS.

Speakers:  Brian Quinn, PTA, MS, St. Charles Rehabilitation Network, Partner in MS CareMara Crans, MD, competitive triathlete living with MS for 18 years

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April 22, 2014 - Emotional Health and MS

Posted by pae on April 24th, 2014

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.

Guest Speaker:  Dr Cherie Hyder is currently a Senior Medical Liaison for Avanir Pharmaceuticals and is dedicated to Neurology and Psychiatry research.  She earned a BS degree in Molecular Biology and Chemistry at Iowa State University where she worked in Genetics research for 5 years.  She next earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of Missouri where she graduated with Honors.  She completed a JD degree with emphasis on patent law, FD&C Act and contract law.  Cherie worked as an Investigator at FDA for 5 years and moved into industry roles spanning Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Development, Quality Assurance, Business Development and Medical Affairs in PhRMA at Eli Lilly, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Novartis and Pfizer prior to joining Avanir Pharmaceuticals, totaling more than 24 years.  She continues to develop courses and lectures on development of new medicines, bioethics, clinical research methods and clinical programs.

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April 15, 2014 - How Kids Perceive MS

Posted by pae on April 18th, 2014

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.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sala Webb is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is the Medical Director of Webb Psychiatric Consulting, PLLC providing clinical and training services to various entities. She maintains a clinical faculty appointment through the Virginia Treatment Center for Children/Department of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Webb currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee for the National MS Society, Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter.

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April 8, 2014: Gait (Walking Problems) and MS

Posted by pae on April 10th, 2014

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.

Guest Speaker: Francois Bethoux, MD serves as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center in Ohio. Dr. Bethoux completed a Neuroimmunology fellowship at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research (affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation). His research interests include outcomes measurements in both general and multiple sclerosis specific neurorehabilitation, gait analysis and evaluation of symptomatic therapies, and rehabilitative interventions for spasticity in MS and other disorders of the central nervous system.

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Thursday, April 3 - Social Security Disability Application Secrets

Posted by pae on April 10th, 2014

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult and lengthy process with a high chance of being denied the first time around. Disability advocate Delores Gonzalez will share information you need to know to increase your chances of getting your application approved.

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Driving and MS - 4/1/2014

Posted by pae on April 4th, 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.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Maria Schultheis is an Associate Professor with appointments in the Department of Psychology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. Dr. Schultheis is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 1998. Her clinical and research experience have been focused on the rehabilitation of

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Thursday, March 20 - Home-Based Employment: What You Need to Know

Posted by pae on March 25th, 2014

Are you interested in working from home? Have you been unsuccessful in finding work-from-home positions? Home-based workers living with MS, along with MS Employment Specialist Barbara McKeon, will share tips and resources to help increase your chances of succeeding at home-based employment.

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Thursday, February 20 - Maintaining Cognitive and Emotional Health While Unemployed

Posted by pae on March 18th, 2014

Psychologist Lauren Strober will discuss current research that shows the importance of staying productive to maintain your health while unemployed. Along with others living with MS, she will share practical tips on how this is accomplished.

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