Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, which results in the loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. The condition is an autoimmune disease since the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one’s own immune system. Each individual living with MS experiences different struggles and triumphs. Common issues among those with MS include fatigue, heat intolerance, bladder issues, and getting enough exercise.
Magee was recently awarded a grant from the MS Society for wellness promotion in those individuals who are living with MS and who aspire to a healthier lifestyle. The ‘MS Healthy Living Program’ is a weekly program that is held at Magee’s Outpatient Riverfront location. Magee’s newest wellness program aims to assist those living with MS by providing structured education and cognitive activities on topics of group interest. In addition, exercise classes focus on cardiovascular health, resistance training, stretching, and core strengthening. These exercise sessions also incorporate varied activities such as yoga (see photo), Zumba, dance movement therapy, and circuit training. Socialization and stress reduction is enhanced through the use of art and horticultural therapy, with each of these activities being held on a monthly basis. The program is held every Thursday from 9 am to 12 noon, followed by light snacks.
If you or someone you know is living with MS, we welcome you to come and join us for this exciting new program! If you wish to register for the program, or if you have any questions, please contact Mary Clare Schafer RN, MS, ONC, CRRN (program director) at 215-218-3905.