August 02, 2012
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that can gradually destroy the linings of nerve fibers throughout the brain and spinal cord. This disorder can cause muscle weakness, loss of coordination, as well as speech and visual disturbances. MS affects women three to four times more often than men, and is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age.
Jeffrey Jones, MD, a Battle Creek neurologist, will present ‘Multiple Sclerosis—How It Affects People’ on Tuesday, August 21 at Burnham Brook. Dr. Jones will discuss the impact of MS as well as the current tools used in diagnosing and treating this most common cause of disability in young adults.
The program, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek. A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Jones’ presentation at noon. Seating is limited. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event by calling the seminar registration line at 877-462-2247.
Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.
Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.