Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Archived Webinars

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Successfully Riding the Waves of Emotion: Coping with the Uncertainty of MS

This webinar was recorded on April 12, 2018, as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Coping with the Uncertainty of MS

About the webinar: Just when you seem to have adjusted to the reality of MS, something else changes. New symptoms, a day of weakness and decreased mobility, relationship stress, greater fatigue, or a full blown relapse. The stress and uncertainty of a chronic and unpredictable health condition can be irritating, frightening, challenging and at times unbearable. You are not alone. MS calls upon us to use and develop internal and external resources to keep our lives meaningful and enjoyable. This webinar invites you to acknowledge emotions you face on the journey and to explore ways of adapting to and coping with the reality of MS.

Current Advances in Multiple Sclerosis

This webinar was recorded on March 7, 2018, as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Current Advances in Multiple Sclerosis

About the webinar: This presentation covers two main domains based on Dr. Michael Namaka's recent book chapter on Multiple Sclerosis published in the textbook entitled "Therapeutic Choices". This includes a comprehensive overview of the underlying pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis with special attention to the relapsing remitting form of the disease, and discussion of currently available treatment strategies for the relapsing remitting form of the disease.

La santé du corps et de l’esprit

Ce webinaire a été enregistrée le 28 février, 2018, et il a été présenté par le Division de Québec.

Pour regarder l'enregistrement, cliquez ici : La santé du corps et de l’esprit

Résumé : Les personnes atteintes d’une maladie dégénérative comme la sclérose en plaques cherchent de plus en plus des options thérapeutiques holistiques et ont un intérêt croissant pour ces dernières. Une telle approche vise l’optimisation de la santé et du bien-être des patients au moyen d’interventions leur permettant de modifier leur mode de vie. Rose-Marie Giroux abordera ce vaste sujet et sera là pour répondre à vos questions.

Making Sense of a New Diagnosis

This webinar was recorded on November 28, 2017, presented by the British Columbia & Yukon Division.

Watch recording here: Making Sense of a New Diagnosis

About the webinar: This presentation is designed to support anyone newly diagnosed with MS in managing the emotional and psychological impact of their diagnosis. Traditional models of illness adjustment tend to emphasize ways to cope with loss and manage a decline in functioning. Instead, speaker Michelle Srdanovic focuses on re-framing this understandable adjustment as an ongoing transition to a “new normal”. She offers information, strategies and tips that will encourage participants to find ways to live along-side their MS diagnosis instead of allowing it to hijack their identity. Related issues such as self-care, the impact of having MS on relationships, and support for care-givers will also be addressed.

Income Security and MS: Planning for the Future

This webinar was recorded on November 8, 2017, presented by the Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP) from the British Columbia & Yukon Division.

Watch recording here: Income Security and MS: Planning for the Future

About the webinar: Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable and episode disease which can have a profound impact on the ability to earn a living. Should maintaining employment income become difficult or no longer possible, it is important to understand the income supports and disability benefits available and how to access them. This webinar will help participants gather information about EI Sickness Benefits, Long Term Disability, and Canada Pension Plan – Disability, in order to plan for the future, in the case that ability to work is at some point impacted by MS.

"I don't know what to say..." Beginning Difficult Conversations

This webinar was recorded on Oct 25, 2017 for the Caregiver Network in partnership with the Alzheimer Society, Parkinson Canada, and the MS Society of Canada.

Watch recording here: Beginning Difficult Conversations

About the webinar: This webinar explores some of the main factors that make certain conversations particularly difficult to have. Challenging topics are discussed and strategies are presented to help you address these situations. A question and answer session with the panel of social workers who have expertise in Multiple Sclerosis/Parkinson’s Disease/ Alzheimer’s disease is also provided.

Diet and MS

This webinar was recorded on Sep 20, 2017 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Diet and MS

About the webinar: We explore information related to diet and multiple sclerosis. We will discuss existing evidence for dietary considerations among individuals with multiple sclerosis including evidence for vitamin supplementation. Following discussion, we provide recommendations for modifiable risk factors in multiple sclerosis.

Alternative and Complementary Therapies & MS

This webinar was recorded on May 23, 2017 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Alternative and Complementary Therapies & MS

About the webinar: This webinar highlights evidence-based approaches to alternative and complementary multiple sclerosis care. Dr. Muradov discusses common natural agents that are being investigated as disease modifying therapies as well as alternative and complementary treatments for symptom management. LDN, CBD, Borage, Vitamin D, Curcumin, B12 and Thiamine are discussed.

MS: Depression, Cognition, and Fatigue

This webinar was recorded on April 25, 2017 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: MS: Depression, Cognition, and Fatigue

About the webinar: In addition to its physical symptoms, MS may bring about changes in mood and cognition. At first, it may be difficult to adjust to the diagnosis of a disorder that is unpredictable, and carries a risk of progressing over time to some level of physical disability. In the face of MS, people may tend to focus primarily on their physical health and neglect their emotional health—which is an essential component of overall health and wellness.

Cognitive and Brain Changes in MS

This webinar was recorded on March 27, 2017 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Cognitive and Brain Changes

About the webinar: Changes in thinking and memory are common in MS and can be a challenge to everyday functioning, quality of life, and independence. This webinar will provide an overview on measurement of cognitive changes in MS and their underlying brain changes. Risk and protective factors for MS brain health will be summarized, with an outlook on strategies to address them.

Research Updates

This webinar was recorded on Feb 23, 2017 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Research Updates

About the webinar:

Have you ever wondered…

• How does the MS Society allocate funds for research?

• How is MS research done in Canada?

• What is current in research & what does the future hold?

Bladder and Bowel Continence... Meet Your Friend the Pelvic Floor Muscle

This webinar was recorded on Jan 31, 2017 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Bladder and Bowel Continence

About the webinar: Bladder and bowel control is challenging for many people, and men and women with multiple sclerosis often report struggles in this area. The pelvic floor muscle is responsible for opening and closing the bladder and bowel and, therefore, plays an important role in continence. This presentation will discuss the functions of this muscle and how healthy diet and lifestyle combined with pelvic floor muscle exercise can prevent or improve issues with bladder and bowel dysfunction. Pelvic floor physiotherapists work directly with this muscle and can help with those struggling with bladder and bowel issues. The role of the pelvic floor physiotherapist and the treatments they offer will also be presented. Please join us to learn more about what you can do for yourself to improve your bladder and bowel health as well as to learn about the conservative medical treatment options that may be helpful to you.

MS Fatigue Management

This webinar was recorded on November 3rd, 2016 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: MS Fatigue Management

About the webinar: Fatigue is one of the least understood and most frequent symptoms of MS. Many have reported that their fatigue levels fluctuate on a day-to-day basis and impact all areas of daily life. During this webinar you will learn from an Occupational Therapist how to recognise different types of fatigue, understand their contributing factors and develop strategies to manage your fatigue using a methodical approach. The event was hosted by BC and Yukon Division and featured Denise Kendrick OT.

Learning How to Get the Help You Need: How Caregivers can Navigate the Health and Social Care System

This webinar was recorded on May 26, 2016 for the Caregiver Network in partnership with the Alzheimer Society, Parkinson Canada, and the MS Society of Canada.

Watch recording here: Learning How to Get the Help You Need

About the webinar: This webinar aims to provide an overview of how care partners can navigate different systems, and share different resources that care partners can use to help support themselves and their loved ones living with chronic health conditions.

Working it Out: MS and Employment

This webinar was recorded on Feb 24, 2016 as part of the National Education Series.

Watch recording here: Working it Out

About the webinar: Multiple sclerosis can have a profound impact on the ability to earn a living. The unpredictable and episodic nature of the disease leaves people affected by MS with many overwhelming questions and decisions. This session will help participants navigate the landscape of employment issues as they relate to MS.

Taking Care of Yourself Through the Ups and Downs of Caregiving

This webinar was recorded on December 10, 2015 for the Caregiver Network in partnership with the Alzheimer Society, Parkinson Canada, and the MS Society of Canada.

Watch recording here: Taking Care of Yourself Through the Ups and Downs of Caregiving

About the webinar: Caregivers play a major role taking care of family members with neurological health conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Many caregivers would not have it any other way. Yet, caregivers need help to see to their own needs. We know that stress can be a serious issue and can lead to poorer health for caregivers.