Multiple Sclerosis, known as MS, is a condition that affects the nervous system and leads to many neurological health issues in young and old alike. March is National MS Awareness and Education Month, which means that health centers, medical experts and communities across the country are increasing their efforts to provide information, resources and support to those who suffer from it.
What is Late Onset MS?
Aging adults can develop late onset MS, and while it isn’t extremely common, it does affect approximately five percent of all new diagnoses annually. Family caregivers and aging relatives that either live with the condition or have recently received a diagnosis can take advantage of National MS Awareness and Education month to expand their support groups and access the resources available to them.
What are the Symptoms of Late Onset MS?
Late onset MS shares so many symptoms with other health issues associated with old age that it often goes undiagnosed in seniors. Commonly, the signs of MS in aging adults include tingling in the extremities, tremors, increasingly bad balance, declining vision, weakened muscles and cognitive decline. There is not a cure for MS in adults, but proper treatment can help slow the progressive nature of the disease and allow the aging adult to be more comfortable.
It’s easy to see how many family caregivers simply ascribe MS symptoms in their elderly loved ones as the side effects of getting old. These symptoms should progress rapidly, leaving elderly adults unable to care for themselves or live independently for long. When aging adults have MS, they must rely on the assistance of family members, friends and home care providers to help with daily tasks they can no longer do themselves.
In-Home Care Options for Seniors with MS
To keep elderly adults as happy and healthy as possible as they live with MS, many family caregivers hire home care providers to assist them with daily duties. These include taking care of the home, like housekeeping and laundry. Home care providers can also assist with self-care, such as getting dressed, grooming, hygiene and entertainment. Not only are home care providers there for physical assistance, but they can also act as companions and comrades for elderly adults who won’t be able to leave the house much.
Family caregivers and elderly adults with MS need to know all the details surrounding this neurological disease so they can face the new reality. However, an MS diagnosis doesn’t mean that elderly adults can’t enjoy much of the same quality of life as they did before. With the help of family members, friends, neighbors, home care providers and the information and resources from National MS Awareness and Education Month, seniors with MS can look forward to a bright future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care services in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida
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