For most people, dialing a phone or chopping a carrot is a simple task. But if your hands have been weakened by multiple sclerosis or arthritis, such tasks may seem impossible. However, help is available in the form of new technologies and devices that compensate for loss of strength and mobility.
Area residents are welcome to learn more about such devices at Mobility Day set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Centenary United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center on Perryville Road at the entrance to Millennium Park.
Mobility Day is free and open to the public. The event is jointly sponsored by McDowell Wellness Center, a service of Ephraim McDowell Health, and Hope Springs, a local organization that assists people who have multiple sclerosis.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m.
The featured speaker will be Karen Enlow, a registered occupational therapist at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Enlow will talk about home modification and accessibility. Her topics will include: how to know when the addition of a ramp is appropriate for home access, how best to modify a home for a wheelchair and how to think about modifications to fit individual needs.