PALMDALE – Having problems with attention, memory, concentration, and other cognitive skills is difficult enough for most people. But the challenges can be far greater for people who live with multiple sclerosis (MS).
That is why the National MS Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter, is hosting a one-day CogniFitness workshop this Saturday Palmdale.
The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, located at 38600 Medical Center Drive in Palmdale.
Speech-language pathologist Corinne Turner will lead a fun and interactive mental exercise program, teaching people tricks to strengthen their cognition. Some of the areas she will focus on are:
Facilitating focus and concentration;
Improving memory using new strategies;
Improving organization, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The class is designed for people living with MS. However, family and friends are welcome to take part to better understand the challenges their loved ones may be experiencing and to learn the strategies that can help them at home.
The cost to attend the workshop is $10. However, options are available for those who can’t afford the cost of admission.
To register for Saturday’s workshop or to receive more information on CogniFitness, call Christine Grontkowski at 661.321.9512 ext. 66401.
About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.