Agenda

Welcome09:00 - 9:15 am ET

Welcome and opening remarks.

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MS Basics: Getting the Facts Straight09:15 - 10:00 am ET

Tracy Walker, FNP-C, WOCN
Nurse Practitioner & MS Outcomes Specialist
Shepherd Center MS Institute

Learning Objectives:
After participation in this session, program attendees will:

  1. Understand the basic facts about MS.
  2. Become familiar with the members of the healthcare team.
  3. Recognize the importance of health and wellness throughout the disease course.
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Break10:00 - 10:15 am ET

Planning and Prioritizing for the Unpredictable Future: A Focus on Employment and Finances10:15 - 11:00 am ET

Learning Objectives:
After participation in this session, program attendees will:

  1. Understand key factors in disclosure decisions in the workplace.
  2. Learn 3 strategies for maintaining employment in the face of MS changes.
  3. Become familiar with key resources for vocational and financial planning. 
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Break11:00 - 11:15 am ET

The Invisible Triad: Mood, Cognition, & Fatigue11:15 - 12:00 pm ET

Bonnie Schaude, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist
Shepherd Center MS Institute

Learning Objectives:
After participation in this session, program attendees will:

  1. Recognize the prevalence of mood, cognition, and fatigue.
  2. Understand the interrelationship between these common symptoms.
  3. Understand ways these symptoms impact daily activities and relationships.
  4. Become familiar with tools and strategies to manage these symptoms.
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Break/Exhibit Hours12:00 - 01:00 pm ET

Talking about MS: The “Third Wheel” in your Relationships01:00 - 01:45 pm ET

Meghan Beier, MA, PhD
Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist & Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Learning Objectives:
After participation in this session, program attendees will:

  1. Learn tips for effective talking and listening.
  2. Understand the potential impact of MS on roles and responsibilities in a partnership.
  3. Learn strategies for maintaining a balanced and satisfying partnership.

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Break01:45 - 02:00 pm ET

Moving in an Unfamiliar Body: Managing Physical Symptoms of MS02:00 - 02:45 pm ET

Anna Berry, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist & MS Program Manager
Shepherd Center MS Institute

Tracy Walker, FNP-C, WOCN
Nurse Practitioner & MS Outcomes Specialist
Shepherd Center MS Institute

Learning Objectives:
After participation in this session, program attendees will:

  1. Understand the factors that can contribute to fluctuating physical/mobility symptoms.
  2. Be able to list, describe, and recognize the most common physical symptoms in MS.
  3. Learn the medical and rehabilitation strategies for managing the physical symptoms of MS.
  4. Understand the role of consistent exercise and physical activity in maintaining optimal mobility over the disease course.
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Closing02:45 - 03:00 pm ET

Closing remarks.

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