Meeting Archive:
Cognitive Changes: Recognizing and Meeting the Challenges


Meeting Description:

50 to 66% of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis will face cognitive changes during the course of the disease.  Individuals may face loss of memory, attention, visual perception or verbal fluency skills.  These cognitive issues can slowly progress over time and be frustrating. 

This multi-disciplinary webinar will explain how to recognize cognitive changes and share strategies to meet the challenges of cognitive issues.  Our panel of experts includes two Can Do Consulants, Janet DeClark, a speech and language pathologist and Deborah Miller, a mental health professional.  There will also be a question and answer period for participants to ask our panel questions on cognitive issues. 

This comprehensive program will be archived on the Can Do MS website:  You will be able to watch it at your convenience if you’re unable to attend live. 

Date: Tue, Jul 10, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Melanie McKinney
 Presenter Information
Janet DeClark, MA, CCC-SLP
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 Janet DeClark MA, CCC/SLP is a speech pathologist in private practice in Edwards, Colorado and a program consultant for Can Do MS.  She has been in the field for almost 30 years, and has worked with individuals with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases, as well as those with traumatic brain injury and stroke.

Janet's experience is in home health, inpatient, outpatient, acute and post-acute settings, with special emphasis in functional rehabilitation as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Deborah Miller, PhD, LISW
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Dr. Deborah M. Miller, is member of the Professional Staff at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research of Cleveland Clinic.  She is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  Her PhD is from the Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences.

A Master’s-prepared clinical social worker, Dr. Miller’s practice interests focus on marital and family adjustment to the consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS), and she has lectured nationally on these subjects. 

Her research focuses on health services research, including developing a health related quality of life assessment tool for adults and children with common neurological conditions.  Dr. Miller recently completed a study “Using the Internet to Improve Self-Management of Chronic Illness”.  She was also a member of the research team that developed and validated the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Inventory.