MS Education Programs

Using New Technology for Function and Independence

Workshop presented Mar. 2, 2019

Assistive technology (AT) can be life changing for people who have limitations due to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorders.

The landscape of available assistive technology is constantly growing and changing.

This workshop will bring you up to date on the latest developments in AT, including tools to help you move, manage self-care and household tasks, drive, and cope with visual impairment or cognitive problems.

You will learn about resources in our community to help you find AT tailored to your specific needs and learn to use it, as well as resources to help you pay for AT and modifications to your vehicle or home.

This workshop was presented in partnership with Allergan and the National MS Society Greater Northwest Chapter.

Videos of the workshop are available below or on the EvergreenHealth YouTube channel.

Part 1 - Introduction
Ted Brown, MD, EvergreenHealth MS Center

Part 2 - Keynote: Adaptive Technology
Carolyn Phillips, MEd, ATP, Georgia Tech’s Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Part 3 - Northwest Access Fund
Frances Pennell, Executive Director, Northwest Access Fund

Part 4 - Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton
Pennie Tester, PT and Kristin Beyerl, PT; Confluence Health 

Part 5 - Here and Now
Kenny Salvini, Here and Now Project; Tyler Schrenk, The TSF

Part 6 - Kersey Mobility
Mike Jenson, Kersey Mobility

Part 7 - Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
Alan Knue, Director

Resilience: The Key to Living Well with MS

Workshop presented Oct. 6, 2018

Multiple sclerosis creates challenges and uncertainty for those who live with it. One of the cornerstones to maintaining happiness and life satisfaction while living with MS is resilience.

Resilience involves dealing with challenges, making adjustments and bouncing back so you can continue to find satisfaction in life. It's what enables us to thrive in the face of adversity.

People may be naturally more or less resilient, but the good news is that resilience is a skill that we can all develop and improve. 

Videos of the workshop are available below or on the EvergreenHealth YouTube channel.

Part 1 - Introduction
Virginia Simnad, MD, MSc, Medical Director of Neurology at EvergreenHealth

Part 2 - Brain Function and Coping with Chronic Disease
Brad Tyson, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist at EvergreenHealth Neurology Care

Part 3 - Strategies and Behaviors to Handle Stress
Kristy Brewer Sherman, PhD, Rehabilitation Psychologist at EvergreenHealth Neurology Care

Part 4 - How My Husband and I have Adapted to MS: Sharing Our Coping Strategies
Holly Slay Ferraro, PhD, Associate Professor, Seattle University Albers School of Business & Economics; family member of a love one living with MS

MS Workshop: Fall Prevention 

Workshop presented Jan. 12, 2018

Each year, millions of adults ages 65 and older fall. People with disabilities are also at high risk. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are preventable!

Videos of the workshop are available below or on the EvergreenHealth YouTube channel.

Part 1 - How to Prevent Falls
Melissa Gilbert, DPT, NCS, physical therapist at EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Services

Part 2 - All About Balance
Alicia Nowak, DPT, NCS, physical therapist at EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Services

Part 3 - Occupational Therapy and Fall Prevention
Susan Watters, OTR/L, occupational therapist at EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Services

MS Workshop: Sensitive Issues in Multiple Sclerosis

Managing Changes in Bowel, Bladder and Sexuality

Workshop presented May 6, 2017

People living with multiple sclerosis can often experience hidden and sensitive symptoms, such as changes in bowel, bladder and sexual function. These symptoms can be difficult to discuss, challenging to manage, and can impact intimate relationships.

There are things you can do to effectively manage these symptoms and minimize the impact on your life. Our experts panel of experts present how you can proactively manage these symptoms and effectively communicate about them with partners and others close to you.

Videos from this workshop are available on the EvergreenHealth YouTube channel.

Part 1 - Overview of MS, Symptoms Related to MS 
Virginia Simnad, MD, neurologist at the EvergreenHealth Multiple Sclerosis Center

Part 2 - When MS Hits You Below the Belt: Bowel, Bladder and Sexual Function
Lora Plaskon, MD, urogynecologist at EvergreenHealth Urology & Urogynecology Care

Part 3 - A Practical Approach to Pelvic Health
Amy Ross Gordon, MPT, pelvic floor physical therapist at EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Services

Part 4 - Sexuality & Intimacy
Kristy Brewer Sherman, PhD, clinical psychologist EvergreenHealth Neuropsychological Services

Food for the Brain Workshops

Our workshops cover:

  • the latest scientific findings on MS and nutrition
  • practical advice regarding healthy eating and strategies for maintaining a healthy diet in the context of challenging MS symptoms
  • the importance of exercise in promoting an overall healthy lifestyle

Videos of the workshops are available below or on the EvergreenHealth YouTube channel.

2017 Workshop videos:

Part 1 - MS and Nutrition (Ted Brown, MD, MPH)

Part 2 - Principles of Healthy Eating with MS (Abrey Lee, RD, CDE)

Part 3 - What's Buggin Ya? The Role of Commensal Bacteria in Human Disease and CNS Demyelination (Lloyd Kasper, MD)

2016 Workshop videos:

Part 1 - MS Cookbook: The Ingredients of Wellness  

Part 2 - Nutrition in MS: Where Are We Now? 

Part 3 - A Dietitian's Experience with The Wahl's Protocol  

2015 Workshop videos:

Part 1 - Cardiovascular Wellness in MS  

Part 2 - The Science of MS and Nutrition  

Part 3 - Dietary Strategies for MS  

MS Articles

Our MS newsletter contains articles written by our staff on a number of topics that can help you live a healthier life with MS.  You can find those articles archived here: