Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
The Mandell MS Center


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In collaboration with the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, is offering a free monthly educational series. Each session will feature a speaker in the field of MS. You may sign up for one session, multiple sessions or all of them! Pre-registration is required. Each program will be held at the Mandell Center for MS located at 490 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112. Learn more...

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Pick Up Your MS & Go >

Men's MS Support Group,
Ages 18 - 35 >

Free From Falls >

Powerful Tools for Caregivers >


Multiple Sclerosis Links

The following organizations are good resources for information on multiple sclerosis:

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Pick Up Your MS & Go

This is an MS-based fitness program designed with this specialized population in mind, with an emphasis on fall prevention, core temperature control, and fatigue awareness. Exercises will emphasize strength and endurance, as well as balance and core strength, and will be conducted in a circuit training format.

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., in the Klein Conference Room (Multipurpose Room) at The Mandell MS Center.

Contact: Phil Ahlschlager at (860) 714-3515 to schedule your initial Graduate Fitness Orientation.

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Men's MS Support Group, Ages 18-35

This program offers a wide variety of educational sessions on male bladder issues, employment issues, social issues, and cognitive issues.  Open forum discussion is encouraged.

Meets monthly on a Monday, dates vary each month. Please call (860) 714-2951 for more information.

Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
Contact:  Matthew Farr, (860) 714-2951 or

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Free From Falls

This program is co-sponsored by the CT Chapter of the National MS Society.  This is a comprehensive fall prevention program for people with MS with an emphasis on fall prevention and exercises designed to improve balance and decrease risk of falls. 

Contact:  The Mandell MS Center, (860) 714-2951, or 

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Powerful Tools:
An Educational Program to Support CaregiversPowerful Tools for Caregivers 

Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital is excited to announce our investment in Powerful Tools for Caregivers. 

This comprehensive educational program is designed to support caregivers of the patients we serve, as well as our surrounding community. Powerful Tools for Caregivers has earned national awards for the positive impact it exerts on the quality of life for many participants. 

The program is divided into six weekly classes, during which caregivers develop a wide range of self-care tools designed to:

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Class Description 

Helping keep our caregivers healthy 

  • Help reduce personal stress
  • Change negative self-talk
  • Better communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/service providers
  • Communicate more effectively in challenging situations
  • Recognize the messages in their emotions
  • Cope with difficult emotions

Powerful Tools also supports caregivers in making tough care-giving decisions involving topics such as nursing home placements, driving issues, and finances.

The class design emphasizes hands-on learning, experiential activities, peer support, and facilitated group discussion. Participating caregivers create independent action plans, and, as part of the group, practice new techniques, try out communication strategies, and learn practical tips. The benefits of stress management tools such as breathing for relaxation, listening to music, and seeking out humor are encouraged.

It is our feeling that this program will offer a tremendous benefit to the caregivers of the patients we serve, as well as to the community at large. It provides another layer of service to the rehabilitation programs throughout our service line. The program provides additional benefits in the form of opportunities to collaborate with other Saint Francis Care service lines, agencies, organizations and healthcare facilities throughout the state and region.

Keeping our caregivers healthy can only help to maintain or even to improve the quality of life for those patients we all serve. To learn more about Powerful Tools for Caregivers, visit their website: 

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The Mandell MS Center
490 Blue Hills Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112