In the United States, 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis are diagnosed each week. More than 2.5 million people live with this condition globally making it one of the most common diseases in the world. Every March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. This is when communities, organizations, and assisted living facilities rally to promote awareness and gather support for those suffering from this debilitating condition.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating medical condition that affects the central nervous system specifically the brain and spinal cord. When you have MS, your immune system starts to attack the myelin sheath that protects your nerve fibers. This in turn results in different communication problems between the brain and body, which leads to different symptoms.
Although the signs and symptoms of MS vary depending on the patient, most patients experience tingling sensations, numbness or weakness that occurs on one side of the body at a time, unsteady gait, lack of coordination, and partial or complete vision loss.
How Did Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month Start?
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) launched Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in 2003 to raise awareness about this medical condition and work on raising funds for MS research and activities that help people to understand this condition, give patients better treatment options and hopefully find the cure for MS in the future.
Since then, the organization has raised more than $974 million to help with MS research through fundraising efforts such as “MuckFest” and “DIY Fundraising.”
How Can Assisted Living Facilities Help Patients with MS?
As MS progresses so do its signs and symptoms. In fact, there comes a time when the person affected by MS wouldn’t be able to do things he normally does as part of his daily routine. This includes taking a bath, brushing his teeth, changing clothes, and even walking. So, in most cases, these patients need to move into one of the assisted living facilities in their area.
Some patients are lucky enough that their MS doesn’t progress, but for those who do, being in one of the assisted living facilities will allow them to live a good quality of life in a safe environment where they have professionals ready to help with their needs at any time.
These facilities are also designed to help patients with MS be as independent as possible while giving them the assistance that they require, especially in tasks that they already find difficult to do or are unsafe for them to do alone.
So, if you have a loved one who suffers from MS and his symptoms are getting worse even with treatment, you might want to consider checking one of the assisted living facilities in your area. This may be a big decision for you and the family, but it’s one of the best options you have to ensure that your loved one will be safe.
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