Keep moving for your health and well-being

Keep moving for your health and well-being!

In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. A study published by researchers at the University of Utah in 1996 was the first to demonstrate the benefits of exercise for people with MS. Those patients who participated in an aerobic exercise program benefited from:

  • better cardiovascular fitness
  • improved strength
  • better bladder and bowel function
  • less fatigue and depression
  • a more positive attitude
  • increased participation in social activities

Stretch Away Stiffness from MS

Try doing the following moves in the morning when muscles are at their tightest or before or after exercise. Doing these once or twice a day is optimal and will help increase your mobility.

Calf Stretch: Stand and place your hands flat against a wall at shoulder level. Place your right foot (toes forward) against the wall; move your left foot back so the toes of that foot are about 12 inches behind your right heel. Keep your back aligned and your left leg straight; bend your right knee and gently lean toward wall until you feel a stretch in the left calf. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds; switch sides and repeat. 

Front of Chest Stretch: Face a corner of a room. Stand with your feet a few inches away from the two adjacent walls. Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle; place one forearm against each wall. Keep your shoulders relaxed and lean forward slightly until you feel a mild stretch in your chest. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds; relax.

Hamstring Stretch: Stand and cross your right foot in front of your left. Bend at the waist and slowly lower your forehead toward your right knee while keeping both knees straight. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds; switch sides and perform the stretch again.

Hip Flexor Stretch: Start by lying on your belly, with your body flat on the floor. Then, prop your torso up on your forearms and elbows. Keep your head in line with your neck. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.

Easy Balance Exercises for MS

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Exercise and Activities in SFV to manage neurological symptoms


Exercise Routines And Activities To Manage Symptoms And Improve Quality Of Life

Live broadcast of Yoga for Parkinson’s with Renee Le Verrier, RYT

Pomona: Casa Colina Parkinson’s Disease Speech and Exercise Group

Azusa: Casa Colina Parkinson’s Disease Speech and Exercise Group

Pasadena: group and private fitness classes, cardio, Pilates, restorative yoga, Gyrotonic Expansion System®, and meditation with Leslie Frank, DPT (neurological program and multiple sclerosis program)

San Gabriel & San Fernando Valleys, Ventura County: fitness and targeted exercises for neurological disorders with Lori Michiel, NASM-CPT

Tarzana and Encino: aqua fitness with Deborah Goldberger (also private and semi-private instruction in your pool)

Encino: adult fitness classes including Tai Chi & Chi Qong at Balboa Sports Center, LA City Recreation and Parks

Northridge: therapeutic exercises on land and in the water at the Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Northridge: Laughter Yoga with Shelley Bell, CLYL, CLYT

West Hills: art therapy with Alison Paolini

San Fernando Valley, Ventura County: Neurotherapeutic Yoga with Colleen Carroll, YT

San Fernando Valley, Ventura County: Nordic Walking with Carol H. Prata

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara: therapeutic and intergenerational orchestra with MusicMendsMinds

Tarzana: Invertigo Dance Theatre is ready to bring its Dancing Through Parkinson’s

Westlake Village: weekly exercise class/Debbie Jew, coordinator
1st Friday of month – Exercise2nd Friday of month – Music Therapy with Debbie Sipos
3rd Friday of month – “Chair” yoga with Jamie Hampton4th Friday of month – Tai Chi with Nora Li

Ventura County: PD Fighters non-contact Rock Steady Boxing Method with Jennifer Parkinson

Ventura County: Laughter Wellness with Arlene Raisner, CLYL

Newbury Park: Anytime Fitness 24-hour gym great workout classes recommended by Judy C.

Camarillo: Mindfullness with Holly Sacks

Camarillo, Ventura: Art of Moving for PD and movement disorders with Camille Torgeson

Camarillo: Focus on Balance, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi Sun, Aqua Exercise with Camille Torgeson

Ventura: Focus on Balance, Tai Chi for Rehabilitiation, Tai Chi Sun, Walking with Camille Torgeson

Santa Barbara: Move to Connect for PD with Leslie Sack and Ruth Wishengrad


Is it time to check your Vitamin D levels

Vitamin D and MS

If you have MS….

QUESTION: “Should I have my blood levels of vitamin D checked?”

ANSWER: Probably, agree most doctors.

Click on the colored link below; it will take you directly to the article

Read more about vitamins herbs and minerals in MS. (pdf)

Published by the National MS Society:

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For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is: 

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MSAA hosts “Ask me Anything” on March 29

MSAA Hosts “Ask Me Anything” During
MS Awareness Month  Do you have any questions about multiple sclerosis that you have been meaning to ask?  Here is your chance!  March 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM for an Ask Me Anything session with MS Expert, Dr. Barry Singer, on My MSAA Community.  ( just click on the colored link   to take you directly to our website)For one hour, Dr. Singer will answer your questions about MS posted in adesignated conversation thread on the Community.
WHAT: MS Awareness Month “Ask Me Anything” (AMA)
WHO: MSAA and Dr. Barry Singer, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care in St. Louis, MO
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
WHERE: My MSAA Community on HealthUnlocked

If you would like to ask a question during the Ask Me Anything session,                                                                  you will need to have or create a profile on My MSAA Community,                                                                    our peer-to-peer online community in which you can share your MS  journey, connect with others, and contribute to ongoing conversations – all from your phone, tablet, or computer.


Sleep in MS: Strategies for Improving your Zzz’s

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Reserve your spot: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Topic: Sleep in MS: Strategies for Improving your Zzz’s
Each month the webinar & telelearning program will relate to the MS educational article in Can Do MS’s monthly e-newsletter. Subscribe to Can Do MS’s email updates.

The webinar & tele-learning presenters are part of Can Do MS’s family of programs consultants, an interdisciplinary network of more than 70 health care professionals from around the U.S. and Canada, including exercise physiologists, nutritionists, neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, physicians, psychologists, speech/language pathologists, registered nurses and other health care specialists.


Here is the place to register:

Anne Gilbert, Director of Programs
800-367-3101 ext. 1281 / 970-926-1281 /

For additional webinars, videos and Webcasts, by Multiple Sclerosis Information (MSi) go to ( just click the colored link to go to the website directly.)

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MSAA’s Updated S.E.A.R.C.H. Live Webinar

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 Register Now for MSAA’s Updated S.E.A.R.C.H.™ Live Webinar

As you may recall from our last edition, MSAA recently updated its very popular S.E.A.R.C.H.™ booklet and workbook, through funding support from EMD Serono and Sanofi Genzyme. As the final component to this project, we are excited to announce the launch of an updated SEARCH live webinar, held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm, Pacific standard time.

In this live, one-hour webinar MS expert Dr. Carrie Hersh will:

  • Review the current landscape of MS therapies and those on the horizon
  • Discuss the importance of having a good doctor-patient relationship
  • Explain the S.E.A.R.C.H. acronym and how it helps people remember the six key topics to discuss with their physician when deciding on a treatment
  • Provide effective strategies for staying on treatment

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Translating Multiple Sclerosis Research into Meaningful Recovery

 Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

 Lunch and Learn OMS Recovery Program

On Sunday October 30, 2016 Professor George Jelinek and Associate Professor Craig Hassed, both medical doctors with significant credentials, will outline the OMS Recovery Program in detail, alongside the evidence that supports it, in a full-day presentation at the Crest Theater in Westwood.

This is a fully-inclusive event which includes all food and beverages.A OMS-friendly lunch is provided. Click below for all information and tickets. Here is a web link: just click and it will take you there.

Below is a link to the announcement flyer from the organization!

Overcoming MS Summer event October 2016

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Take Control Of Your MS Relapses

Learn how Acthar® Gel can help you take control of your MS relapses at the patient education events presented by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

Take Control Of Your Relapses

What is your biggest concern about treatment for your MS relapses? [Read more…]

What You Need To Know About Gilenya®

Novartis Pharmaceuticals is presenting what you need to know about Gilenya® once-a-day oral medication for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) with MS experts speaking in various locations around Los Angeles and Ventura counties. To find a live event click here. [Read more…]

Listen Learn Live Life with MS

Genzyme, the maker of AUBAGIO®, hosts free education events titled – Listen Learn Live Life With MS – on a regular basis in Southern and Central California. Whether you’re on AUBAGIO®, just considering it, or have a loved one with MS, these events are a great resource. Learn from MS experts, bring your questions and participate in a discussion with the speakers. [Read more…]

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Shop with AmazonSmile and Support The NeuroCommunity Foundation

Did you know that you can support The NeuroCommunity Foundation through your everyday online purchases? has a charitable program called AmazonSmile. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support The NeuroCommunity Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to The NeuroCommunity Foundation!

It’s simple:

1) Go to AmazonSmile from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
2)Login with your username and password or create one if you are a new user.
3) Search for The NeuroCommunity Foundation in the search box on the right side where it asks which charity you would like to support.
4) Select The NeuroCommunity Foundation from the search results or type in The NeuroCommunity Foundation should the select not include our organization.
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Dear The NeuroCommunity Foundation friends,supporters and participants.

If you happen to shop at Ralphs and would like to support The NeuroCommunity Foundation, we would be most appreciative!. If you do shop at Ralphs, we will receive 1 % of your purchase through their community
contribution program. The NeuroCommunity Foundation's Non-Profit Org. number ( NP0 # ) is 82287

All you need to do is enroll online at OR by calling Ralphs at
800-443-4438 after September 1, 2016.

If you happened to enroll prior to Sept 1st, Ralphs requires you to register again.

For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions are found below or can be found at, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on ‘Enroll Now’. If you don’t have computer access, please call us at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

Use you Ralph’s Rewards Card to Contribute Here’s How:

If you do not have a Ralph’s online account
1. Go to
2. Follow the easy steps to create an online account
3. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
4. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to and click on ‘Sign In’, enter your email address and password.
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a. Community Rewards – Enroll
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c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
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