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My Loved One Has Been Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis… Now What?

A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in a senior loved one can be a turning point, bringing with it numerous questions and concerns for everyone in your family.

MS is a complex neurological condition—and it’s crucial to manage its impact to maintain the best quality of life for the ones you care for. This journey, while challenging, can be better navigated with the right knowledge and support.

An insightful virtual event: Expert guidance on MS

To assist families and caregivers in this journey, The Kensington White Plains hosted a free virtual presentation on Jan. 10 that helped to shed light on this complicated condition.

For this event, we partnered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to introduce you to the nuances of MS, especially as it relates to senior care.

If you find yourself in a situation where a loved one has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, this event and our team can provide invaluable guidance from those who have extensive experience in the field of MS caregiving.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

My loved one has been diagnosed with MS: Presentation overview

This online presentation offers a comprehensive overview of MS, tailored specifically for seniors and their caregivers, covering everything from the basics of the disease to advanced care strategies.

An expert’s insights on Multiple Sclerosis

The star of the presentation is Debby Bennett—the Community Engagement Manager at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Debby has devoted her career to enhancing awareness and generating funds for the organization. Her extensive experience in programs and services has been instrumental in the success of various fundraising events, including Walk MS, Muckfest, and Bike MS.

In her role as a key member of the MS Society’s Community Review of MS Research Committee, Debby is fervently dedicated to offering support and valuable resources to individuals impacted by multiple sclerosis.

Her commitment is reflected in her numerous contributions and active participation in the initiatives of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In this presentation, Debby delves into critical topics such as:

  • The latest in MS research
  • Differences between symptomatic treatments and disease modifying treatments
  • Management strategies
  • How MS affects seniors differently
  • Physical and emotional aspects of care

The value for seniors and caregivers: Anticipated benefits

Viewers can expect to gain a deeper understanding of MS, equipping them with greater knowledge to make informed care decisions.

We aim to empower caregivers and seniors, providing them with the tools to manage MS more effectively and improve their quality of life.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS is a debilitating autoimmune disease that targets the brain and spinal cord.

MS: Symptoms and senior impact

In seniors, symptoms might range from mild to severe, including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Coordination problems
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive changes

Understanding these symptoms is key to recognizing the onset and progression of MS in seniors.

The crucial role of early diagnosis in MS management

Early diagnosis is key for the effective management of MS:

  • Timely intervention can significantly alter the disease’s trajectory, helping to maintain mobility and cognitive function for as long as possible
  • An early diagnosis also allows for the implementation of treatment plans that can slow disease progression and manage symptoms more effectively, thus preserving the senior’s quality of life.

Latest treatment options for seniors with MS

The landscape of MS treatment has evolved significantly, offering new hope and options for seniors.

Exploring advanced treatment avenues for seniors with MS

Advanced treatments now focus not only on managing symptoms but also on slowing the progression of the disease. These include the latest disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which are revolutionizing how MS is treated in older adults.

Additionally, advancements in rehabilitation techniques, physical therapy, and occupational therapy are playing a critical part in independence and quality of life for seniors with MS.

Balancing efficacy and side effects: MS medications and therapies

When it comes to MS medications, there is always a bit of a balancing act between efficacy versus potential side effects.

Newer medications offer improved effectiveness with reduced side effects, making them more suitable for seniors.

However, healthcare providers must tailor medication plans to each individual, considering factors like other health conditions, lifestyle, and overall health status.

This personalized approach ensures that seniors receive the most beneficial treatment with the least discomfort or risk.

Anticipating changes: Understanding MS progression in seniors

As MS progresses, its impact on seniors can change. Symptoms may evolve or intensify, necessitating adjustments in care and treatment plans.

Knowledge about disease progression also aids in maintaining a proactive stance in managing health and daily living activities.

Adapting to new realities: Planning for advanced stages of Multiple Sclerosis

Preparing for the advanced stages of MS involves understanding potential future needs and making plans to address them.

This might include modifications to living environments, exploring home care options, or considering specialized senior living communities equipped to handle advanced MS care.

The Kensington White Plains is a licensed enhanced assisted living community, meaning that our compassionate team is trained to provide acuity care for those with central nervous system disorders such as MS.

We’re able to provide around-the-clock care for many situations, including for those who:

  • Require a pureed diet
  • Use a feeding tube
  • Are wheelchair bound
  • Require two or three-person assist
  • Are incontinent

Effective planning helps ensure that—as MS progresses—your loved ones continue to receive the support and care they need. Discuss living options early in the condition to keep your loved one involved while they’re able to be.

The Kensington White Plains: Empowering seniors and caregivers

Education, awareness, and access to resources: these are key components to empowering seniors and their caregivers.

By staying informed and engaged, seniors and caregivers can better navigate the challenges of MS, making informed decisions about care and treatment.

For families and caregivers of seniors with MS, exploring care options at The Kensington White Plains can provide peace of mind and assurance of quality care.

It’s part of Our Promise to love and care for your family as we do our own.

With a focus on individualized care plans and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents, The Kensington White Plains team and community can be your beacon of support and excellence in caregiving.

With our enhanced assisted living license, we are especially equipped to care for residents with MS.

Learn more about how we can help you and your loved one in your caregiving journey today.

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