Apr 3, 2017 by Katie Fielmann
Multiple sclerosis – also known as MS – is a disease that affects the nervous system, brain and spinal cord. MS is very difficult to diagnose and treat, and many people who suffer from this disease require long term care in Chicagoland, IL. While the average age for a multiple sclerosis diagnosis is 28, most people generally experience their first symptoms between ages 20-40. Seniors who suffer from multiple sclerosis may have been suffering from this disease for many years, and as result, long term care is even more vital to their health.
Multiple sclerosis affects more women than men, and the cause is still unknown; it is not inherited or contagious in any way. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, roughly 400,000 Americans have multiple sclerosis. While many do not need chronic in home care, the number of people who need this type of care is growing.
Whether your loved one is in assisted living or living independently, you should know the symptoms and other facts about this debilitating disease. Some symptoms of multiple sclerosis include a lack of balance; vision loss that is painful; blurry vision; painful eye movement; and fatigue. For many people, their symptoms get worse when their temperature rises, such as during a workout or a hot shower. Keep in mind that the symptoms for MS vary from person to person.
The key is to get your loved one diagnosed as soon as possible, because the earlier this disease is treated, the easier it will be to manage the symptoms. If you are concerned that your senior loved one may have MS, contact their doctor immediately, especially if you notice any of these symptoms.
Managing multiple sclerosis
Though there is no known cure, there are many medications available that can help ease your loved one’s symptoms. Medications can also help to slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis. New research suggests that physical activity is extremely important in managing MS.
If your senior loved one suffers from multiple sclerosis and needs long term care in Chicagoland, IL, our dedicated professionals are available to provide assistance, from general day-to-day help with activities to end of life care and respite care. We can help your loved one with bathing, dressing, grooming, and wheelchair assistance.
For more information about the long term care services available from Comfort Keepers in Chicagoland, IL, contact us or call (630) 313-2242 to schedule a free in-home consultation, today!
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