Note: This post was updated on June 16, 2015.
member Kathleen Matuska, PhD, OTR/L, was recently interviewed for two
segments with TV personality and health advocate Meredith Vieira on the
benefits of occupational therapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
and the ways that OTs can help clients cope with symptoms.
husband Richard Cohen lives with MS. He first noticed symptoms in his
mid-twenties. Independence is important to Vieira and Cohen, parents of
the interviews, Matuska details how occupational therapy can help
clients who have MS with symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, pain,
balance, limited range of motion, and cognitive limitations. She
explains how OTs offer suggestions for staying active, tips for
performing ADLs, and recommendations for adaptive equipment to make life
easier at home and in the community.
The articles appear on the Everyday Health website: Benefits of Occupational Therapy for People with MS and Living With the Invisible Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
Vieira explains how OTs offer practical
solutions to overcome challenges at home or at work, advise on tools
and adaptive devices that can help compensate for lost or restricted
abilities, and help with communicating about the condition to family,
friends, and colleagues.
that I can do for myself to preserve my independence is important,”
Cohen said in a previous Everyday Health interview on living with MS.#EconomicIssues