Publication date: Feb 12, 2020
Both people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their family caregivers experience the impact of this neurodegenerative disease on their health and well-being. The person living with MS and their support partner need to work together as a team to find ways to manage the disease. A physical activity (PA) program that uses a ‘dyadic approach’ is one possible way of managing the impact of MS. Dyadic programs are unique because they target both people with the disease and their caregivers together to increase their PA levels. This pilot study will deliver a 12-week program using group teleconference and one-on-one support phone calls to teach participants simple methods to change PA patterns in daily life. For example, they will learn how to set personal goals to increase PA and reduce sitting time.