How Seniors can Receive Help with MS
Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative and inflammatory immune disease that can affect a person’s entire body, but for each person, how and to what extent their body is affected is different. While some may end up needing a wheelchair, others won't.
This can make the situation even more difficult when medical and quality of life questions need answers, but an MS navigator may be the support you need. It’s important for the patient and their caregivers to have all the information they need as well as a contact person to ask questions.
What is an MS navigator and where can I find one?
An MS Navigator is a trained professional who can help you determine your best treatment options as well as management strategies for your symptoms. They can point you or your caregivers to resources in your community, as well.
MS Navigators are part of the National MS Society and can be accessed through their website by phone at 1-800-344-4867 or online at www.nationalmssociety.org.
What can an MS navigator help me with?
Those affiliated with an MS navigator program can:
- Answer any questions you may have about programs and services
- Offer tips to remain independent
- Help you deal with a crisis
- Connect you with others living with MS
- Provide you with information about educational programs and support groups
MS navigators can also provide you with understanding health care benefits and treatment options available to you. They have experience in helping people of all ages with the disorder, and can help seniors with MS find the resources they need to treat overlapping conditions such as depression and menopause in conjunction with multiple sclerosis.
In addition, they’ll guide you to resources to help you deal with planning for future events, as well as any financial difficulties that arise as a result of seeking care for MS. Ultimately, MS navigators can assist you in all areas of your life that MS touches.
While MS can be a difficult disease to live with, keep in mind that there are many resources available to help. This includes working with home health care givers that can assist with daily chores, driving you to appointments, and helping you adhere to your doctor's recommendations.
If you have MS, you don't have to deal with it alone. There is help available, so be sure to take advantage of it.