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Meredith Vieira talks occupational therapy, MS

By Chris Birks posted 06-22-2015 04:40 PM


Note: This post was updated on June 16, 2015.

AOTA 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.

Vieira’s husband Richard Cohen lives with MS. He first noticed symptoms in his mid-twenties. Independence is important to Vieira and Cohen, parents of three children.

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In 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.


“Anything that I can do for myself to preserve my independence is important,” Cohen said in a previous Everyday Health interview on living with MS.