More MS news articles for Nov 2001

Wellness Efforts Benefit Those With Multiple Sclerosis

November 7, 2001
Greater Delaware Valley NMSS Chapter

Wellness is a term that can fit into many categories: for some, it may mean learning to use the Internet, or getting out of the house and doing something new. For others, it can mean exploring different coping strategies or learning a different technique.

Many of those with multiple sclerosis don’t know exactly what to expect from a wellness program, but with the wide range of activities offered through the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter’s wellness efforts, they’re sure to find something they enjoy.

One innovative wellness effort is Good Shepherd’s Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program, an outpatient program that aims to enhance the quality of life for patients living with MS. This wellness effort offers those with MS a chance to improve the quality of their lives through everything from classes on symptom management and healthy eating, to recreational activities such as gardening, bowling, current events discussions and board games. Exercise activities include yoga, tai chi and more. Most attendees say they enjoy the activities as well as a wonderful sense of belonging and interacting with their peers.

Funded in part by the National MS Society and The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, the MS Wellness program is the first of its kind in Eastern Pennsylvania where medical professionals help MS patients live a fuller more independent life. The program, which is ongoing, is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the cost is $40 per day. Funding is available through grants for patients who cannot cover costs. To register, please call 610-778-9220 or visit the website at

In addition to the program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter also sponsors programs at the Penn Jersey Office’s GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE Wellness’ and Education Center. To learn more about activities and programs at this Center, please check the Chapter’s website under "Programs."