This year MS Awareness Month has seen the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada launch #WeChallengeMS, on social media bringing the MS community together in a nationwide virtual movement urging people to turn everyday acts into extraordinary actions. This May, MS communities across the country have connected virtually and continue to rally with the tens of thousands of Canadians affected by MS.

According to Cummings Centre Wellness Supervisor Maria Fragapane, the importance of exercise cannot be understated when it comes to the management of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. “A disease that is characterized by excessive fatigue and core and leg weakness, responds favourably to cardio/strength/balance and flexibility training, as well as proper nutrition and stress-management techniques,” notes Fragapane.

The current isolation and restrictions brought on by Covid-19 can pose a challenge for those who are depend on group fitness classes to manage their symptoms. For nearly two decades, the Cummings Centre had been providing MS exercise in its Adapted Exercise program. The current pandemic accelerated the dive into the Live Video programs to meet the needs of those living with MS and other conditions. Through online platforms such as the Cummings Centre’s Virtual Learning Library, Zoom and social media sites, staff and volunteers have been able to create and upload all kinds of programs for the community-at-large to enjoy for free. Among the MS specific exercise topics covered are Power up your Pelvis (for incontinence), From the Ground up (re-awakens your feet) as well as Core training, posture & balance, full body stretch and Boxing interval.

In addition, the Centre has begun a free Live Zoom class called “Guided Meditation for MS” with Jeannette Litvak-Levine. The first class went off well attended with feedback from participants who indicated that it was much needed and appreciated. The class is being offered on Thursday mornings from 10 – 11 am. All those living with MS are welcome. To register, click here.

LIVE ZOOM EVENTS

CUMMINGS GUIDED MEDITATION FOR MS – LIVE ON ZOOM (FREE)
Thursday (recurring) • 10:00 – 11:00 am

Jeannette will guide you towards a brain-body connection through breathing techniques, self-massage and visualization.

Notes: People will only need to register once to attend any recurring session. Requirements are a cozy chair with headrest and a blanket.

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EXERCISE FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WITH MARIA
Tuesday (recurring) • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

This class will focus on improving strength, mobility and flexibility through mindful movements. Involves standing and seated exercises. Water bottles may be used as hand weights.

Note: People will only need to register once to attend any recurring session

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EXERCISES FOR VOCAL STRENGTH

Strengthen your voice with these daily musical exercises for people who live with any type of Neurological Condition.

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CUMMINGS WELLNESS VIDEOS (FREE)

EXERCISE FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
with Maria Fragapane

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POWER UP YOUR PELVIS (INCONTINENCE)
with Maria Fragapane

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FROM THE GROUND UP (RE-AWAKENS YOUR FEET!)
with Maria Fragapane

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CORE TRAINING
with Annette Vezina

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POSTURE & BALANCE
with Annette Vezina and Maria Fragapane

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FULL BODY STRETCH
with Annette Vezina and Jay Blumenstein

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BOXING INTERVAL
with Maria Fragapane

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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY RESOURCES

LIVE WEBINAR: BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR CAREGIVERS – MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Thursday May 28 • 1 pm EST (1 hour)

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LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU

MS Society of Canada Asks Federal Government to Support Vulnerable Populations during COVID-19 Pandemic.

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