MS Society: Greater Delaware Valley

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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


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.


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.


Thursday, March 6 - Federal Hiring Initiatives for People with Disabilities

Posted by pae on March 18th, 2014

The Federal Government is taking steps to become a model employer for people with disabilities. Michael Murray of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will discuss Schedule A hiring authority and U.S. Department of Labor regulations designed to increase the employment of people with disabilities by federal government contractors.


The Emotional & Physical Health of Caregivers

Posted by pae on November 26th, 2013

Maintaining your health and well-being is essential to being able to care for others. On this call you’ll learn tips for overcoming physical and emotional exhaustion while providing valuable resources to address the challenges of caring for a loved one living with a chronic illness.


Progressive MS: The Road Ahead

Posted by pae on October 23rd, 2013

This event on October 12, 2013 included educational presentations and a resource fair to help people living with progressive MS and their loved ones navigate the road ahead. Presentations included 'Strengthening Family Resilience' by David Rintell, EdD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and 'Research Avenues for Progressive MS' by Gary Clauser, MD, Co-director, Lehigh Neurology.


2013 Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series - To Tell or Not Tell: Disclosing Your MS

Posted by pae on September 25th, 2013

We know it can be difficult to hear the words "You have MS." There are so many questions that arise in the first few years about what the diagnosis means for you, how it will impact your relationships and career, and how to manage the chronic nature of the disease. This teleconference outlined the pros and cons of disclosing your symptoms and diagnosis to family, friends and employers, as well as federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities in the work place.


2013 Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series - Treatment Options

Posted by pae on September 16th, 2013

The second teleconference in the series took place on September 10. Although there is no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and provide emotional support. In combination, these treatments enhance the quality of life for people living with MS. This call provided an overview of the types of medications used to treat MS, including the ways the medications are administered, how often, and side effects.


2013 Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series - MS 101: Understanding MS

Posted by pae on September 9th, 2013

The first teleconference in the series took place on September 3. Whether you have or may have MS, or care about someone who does, finding the right information is an important step. Learning more about the disease can help ease the anxiety and confusion that sometimes comes. This call covered the basics of multiple sclerosis, including how to access information about MS and ask questions.


Care for the Carepartner Teleconference Series: Home modifications and assistive technology

Posted by pae on August 22nd, 2013

The final teleconference in the series took place on August 20. Just as there are a wide range of abilities and disabilities among people with MS, there are a wide range of caregiving activities. This call discussed the array of mobility aids, tools, technology, adaptive strategies, and environmental modifications available to help carepartners conserve energy, simplify work, and ensure safety for everyone. Click here to download the handout (pdf).