MS Achievers Club
Weekly Wellness Program
The MS Achievement Center is managed and services provided by the University of Kansas Medical Center staff. The Friends of the MS Achievement Center is dedicated to supporting the KUMSAC through fundraising, advocacy and support. The following information is provided as a way of supporting the efforts of the KUMSAC.
Members come to the Achievement Center 1 day per week and participate in small groups facilitated by therapists, social worker and health profession students. Members bring their lunch and spend the lunch hour catching up with each other. All of our services happen in a group setting; members are in groups of 6-8 that rotate through the activities together. This format builds connection and support among the members and gives the opportunity to do targeted work, but is less costly than private therapy.
Who Can Join?
A typical member of the program would be:
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and at least 18 years of age
Experience physical or cognitive disability that limits work or daily activities.
Able to communicate basic daily needs: thirst, hunger, toileting needs, pain
Willing and able to participate and engage in all aspects of the program
Free of uncontrolled wandering
Someone who conducts themselves in a respectful manner and is committed to regular attendance
Have reliable transportation to allow them regular attendance
Abides by the guidelines in the MS Acheivement Center Handbook.
Research has shown that the best way to fight MS is to stay active! The Physical Therapist and students will guide you through gross motor activities designed to maintain mobility and function.
Maximize your function so that you can perform activities of daily living. We do this through games, exercises, and activities led by an Occupational Therapist and students.
Gather with others who have MS to encourage each other to reach goals and live your best lives.
Facilitated by a social worker, but powered by group participation.
Staff and guest instructors in a variety of disciplines help members learn new ways to pursue healthy lifestyles. Try yoga, tai chi, book clubs, gardening, or a rousing discussion of current events. Staying active can be fun!
You have to use it not to lose it! Members do a variety of group and individual activities designed to keep the brain active, maintain memory and develop new skills.
How to Apply
Applications are available by clicking the link below or you may call 913-588-8668 to have an application mailed to you. We review applications on a rolling basis and admit new members as space is available.
The intake process includes a home visit and assessments with a physical therapist, occupational therapist and social worker. Members will be provided with a member handbook.
The overall process from application to first session typically takes 1 - 2 months.
If the Shawnee Mission School District closes due to weather or road conditions, The MS Achievement Center will not hold programming that day. We will update members via our Facebook page and emails.