Source University of Nottingham: A new £1.85 million research study led by Professor Roshan das Nair at the Institute of Mental Health aims to develop a new computerised screening tool to detect the “invisible” cognitive impairments that can appear early in the life of a person living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Approximately 100 people are diagnosed with MS every week in the UK and up to 70% have cognitive problems. People are most commonly diagnosed with MS in their 20s or 30s. There is currently no cure for the lifelong neurological condition that often gets progressively worse. Read on.
Please come and join us for an afternoon of exercise, relaxation sessions, tea/coffee/biscuits and chat.
Physiotherapists from the Physical Disability Physiotherapy Service will be running exercise classes and relaxation sessions. The classes will be suitable for people with MS of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs. Come along and have a go!
Information will be available about exercise with MS locally, and Sue Barnden, the MS specialist nurse, will be there.
Please contact PDPS on 01865 904411 for more information or with any questions.
Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, Crabtree Place, Audlett Drive Abingdon OX14 3GD
Dear Readers, The big question is: “HOW much should we be doing, how much is enough, what should I be doing? “
In Generation Games we hear these questions frequently. It is not surprising, since exercising, keeping active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is now in the news more and more.
The answer is: as much as you are able to! In fact, you are probably already doing a fair bit without realising it! Walking to the bus stop, shops, with a friend; cycling to do the shopping; gardening; walking up and down stairs (anything that gets your heart rate up) – it all does count.
Government guidelines tell us we should be moderately active for at least 150 minutes per week. A nice way to think of this is doing 30 minute chunks on 5 days per week. And if you join one of our classes that’s already 60 minutes (so you’re half way there!). Strength exercises are also vital – try to do these twice a week, this could include weight training, carrying heavy loads, heavy gardening. Again, strength exercises are covered in Strength & Balance classes.
Kindly contributed by one of our exercise instructors, Charlene Howlett. – Editorial: news from partners below –
sent to us by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Do you live in the OX12 postcode area? Your opinion counts!Survey to Plan for the future Health and Care needs in Wantage and Grove (OX12) We want to know where those services are provided from and where people have to travel to access them. This information will be used to help shape the way services are planned and delivered to in the future.
I am trying to find out whether members would be interested in purchasing CBD oil, possibly through the centre.
The supplier runs a business that wholesales high quality organic CBD oil to brands in the UK and Europe and he tries to help where he can so supplies Gloucester MS centre at a highly discounted price.
In order to keep costs down we would need to purchase 5 bottles at a time of the oil. He can supply 1200mg / 10ml organic full spectrum CBD oil with an organic coconut MCT oil carrier for roughtly £40, he says oil of this strength and quality normally retails at £70+, and also can supply 3000mg/10ml organic full spectrum CBD oil with organic coconut MCT oil carrier for £110 per bottle for you, he says product like this normally retails at £160+.
There are many other products but they are not as strong, although if we are interested he can send me some honey and coconut oil. They can also make capsules if preferred.
Anyway, if you can let me know if you are interested I can gauge whether it would be worth it and make further enquiries.
Source MS Trust: Couples and families develop their own unique ways of dealing with an MS diagnosis. A recent UK study looked at how different family units affected by MS, cope with receiving MS health information.
In this study, UK researchers wanted to understand how couples and families affected by MS cope with health information.
The researchers analysed interviews with 77 people affected by MS – 12 people with MS, 49 partners or spouses, 7 parents, 5 children, 2 siblings and 2 friends. Read the report here.
Source Multiple Sclerosis Net: Being diagnosed with an incurable, chronic illness such as Multiple Sclerosis is never a pleasant experience. However, for many people, getting that final confirmation creates an extreme sense of relief.
That sounds pretty peculiar to many people, as getting a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is not an easy process. With no single test to determine the presence of the disease, symptoms that can mimic other illnesses, and doctors that may not be well qualified enough, the road to an MS diagnosis can be a long and uncertain one. After a long journey like that, finally understanding what is wrong with you can bring about a sense of calm and peace, despite what the future may hold. Read on.
Source MS Trust: How your children will cope with your MS, is an ongoing concern for the majority of parents following diagnosis. Here Martin Baum, who was diagnosed with MS over 20 years ago and his son Josh, discuss how they coped and the impact it has had on them over the years.
Many years ago, when our son was about four or five, my wife and I were given a booklet. It was called, I think, My dad has MS, or something like it. It was a guide to help a child understand the complexities of having a parent living with Multiple Sclerosis.
As far as it went, it did exactly what it said on the front cover by explaining about the effects of MS in a child-friendly way. This was something we appreciated greatly. After that life, as they say, carried on while we tried our best not to make a big deal about my relapses no matter how much my MS was impacting upon our family life,
The last thing we wanted to do was to add to his growing pains. Life’s hard enough for a child as it is but, nevertheless, we never hid anything. We tried to be as honest as we felt we could about why dad didn’t go bike riding or have a kick around in the garden. This was his normality. This was our reality. Read on.
Sue Alexander from Cholsey passed away last Thursday (husband Chris). Sue had not been at the centre for quite a few years but used to be a regular on a Thursday having oxygen. I do not have any details about funeral arrangements yet.