InforMS: Spring 2018

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We spend a lot of time talking about healthy living, but usually do not include leisure in the discussion. Research shows that engaging in activities that we enjoy can be as important as other components of wellness.



Leisure: Recreation Takes its Place in our View of Wellness

Wellness is the key to healthy living, and it’s critical to those with chronic diseases like multiple sclerosis. It’s accepted by most that things like eating well, regular exercise and maintaining a generally healthy lifestyle are important factors in wellness. For those living with MS, healthy living has many added benefits: Keeping your body healthy can help your immune system better fight MS and its various symptoms, and can also lower the risk posed by complications that can come from other problems, like diabetes and heart disease.

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Therapeutic Recreation: Finding Pathways to Wellness Through Leisure

By Kerri Cechovic | Michelle King, MS, CTRS is the Program Director of the King Adult Day Enrichment Program (KADEP). She has a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University, and more than 20 years’ experience working in community recreation, residential care, and with individuals with MS. Michelle has been a part of the KADEP program since 2002.
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The Medicaid Buy-In Program: An Overlooked Option for Social Security Recipients and Others Incapable of Work for Medical Reasons

By Thomas Stewart, M.S., J.D., PA-C | The critical safety net for most disabled Americans is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). By providing an income to some people with disabilities, SSDI has prevented many from experiencing the harshest effects of poverty. SSDI recipients also receive Medicare, another critical benefit, which ensures continued access to medical care to people who might otherwise be uninsurable.  

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