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Fall Prevention Program for Multiple Sclerosis

Falls happen.  Fall incidence can increase with disability.  Falls in multiple sclerosis (MS) are common and often occur due to motor weakness, imbalance, gait impairment, and not using the adaptive equipment (cane, walker, orthotic) designed to help one ambulate more effectively and safely.

Falls can result in injury. This injury might only be an embarrassment to one’s pride; however, at other times, falls can contribute to more serious problems such as a fractured hip, a head injury, and in the worst case scenario, death.  It is therefore important that we take a proactive approach to fall prevention.

The International Multiple Sclerosis Falls Prevention Research Network has examined the roles of various fall prevention rehabilitation programs to learn which might be the most effective in reducing fall risk and falls (click here to read the research).  A critical element, in all programs, is that participant improvement in fall risk and fall reduction is primarily achieved  in the short term but not sustained over the long term.  The reality is that most people's motivation, to continue a program, dramatically "falls off" over time.

Here's a summary of the different types of program settings:

Winter 2015 Classes: Registration Now Open

The Swedish Cancer Institute Cancer Education Center offers educational classes that are open to patients, caregivers, family, and friends. Our wide variety of classes include topics of things like chair yoga, hair alternatives, music therapy and more.

The classes we offer are meant to be interactive, educational, and offer you tools to assist and prepare throughout you or your loved one’s journey. These programs may also help you, your family, friends and caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing your symptoms, and accessing complementary programs to help your mind, body and spirit to heal.

What's next after breast cancer?

The Swedish Cancer Institute offers several groups for patients and their caregivers, one of which being ABC-After Breast Cancer: What’s Next?  The breast cancer survivorship class has positively impacted the lives of many individuals and has shown to be extremely beneficial and of great interest to breast cancer patients.


ABC is a free eight-week supportive educational series for women to learn practical life skills to help rebuild after active breast cancer treatment is completed. During the eight-week program participants have the opportunity to make peace with the impacts of cancer treatment, reduce the stress cancer places on relationships, overcome the fear of recurrence, and renew hope and increase resilience.  Individuals who are preparing to complete or have completed breast cancer treatment are invited to sign up for the class. The program provides a sense of community amongst breast cancer survivors.

New tool to help understand Tobacco Related Diseases

Tobacco and tobacco smoke affect our bodies from head to toe in complex ways. These affects can result in the development of diseases or conditions that are then considered to be tobacco-related diseases. In order to simplify the idea of tobacco related diseases, we have created a tool to help you understand where and how different diseases and conditions may present themselves throughout your body due to tobacco use. The tool will show male-specific, female-specific and gender-neutral consequences associated with tobacco use.

Circumcision: Yes or No?

On December 2, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a draft of its proposed recommendation that doctors should counsel all males (including parents of all male children) on the benefits and risks of circumcision.  This comes after a policy statement was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2012, stating that the benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks. 

The federal regulation has sparked a national debate, which I thought would be a good time to remind families about the pros and cons of the procedure.  

Free Traveling Educational Workshop about Multiple Sclerosis in Bremerton

Experts from the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are bringing this traveling roadshow of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) education and information to Bremerton, Washington.


Where: Kitsap Conference Center Bremerton Harborside
100 Washington Avenue Bremerton, Washington  98337

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
Workshop Topics
  • Comprehensive Care for MS 
  • Role of MRI in MS Diagnosis and Treatment                        
  • Exercise and MS
  • Cognition in MS                                              
  • Bladder and Bowel Issues in MS
Speakers: 

Back To School – Patient Education Classes

For many people, September signifies the beginning of a new school year. The leaves start to change and the familiar excitement of a new school year and the expectation of gaining new knowledge grows. The Swedish Cancer Institute would like to offer you the opportunity to “go back to school” this fall by attending our Patient Education Classes.

Our wide variety of classes include learning to cook with cancer-fighting food, tobacco cessation, palliative care, gentle yoga and more.  Classes are taught by content experts in each field and are a great way to learn more information about the specific services that are available. They are designed to be interactive, informational, and inclusive. These programs are offered to assist you, your family, friends and caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing your symptoms, and accessing complementary programs to help your mind, body and spirit to heal.

Classes are offered at the First Hill, Cherry Hill, Issaquah, and Edmonds campuses. To register for a class, call 206-386-2502 or visit www.swedish.org/classes.

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