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The Society offers many programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Find resources in your area to learn, connect, and get support.

  1. IN PERSON Emotional Health

    Crisis Counseling

    Learning to live with a chronic illness like MS challenges a person's sense of psychological well-being. Professional counselors are available to assist. Up to five sessions of crisis counseling are available for uninsured or under-insured individual.

  2. IN PERSON Nutrition

    Home Delivered Meals

    Home-delivered meals are available to home-bound members who do not have adequate support systems in place to assist in meal preparation and food shopping. The Chapter assumes the cost of the meals and shipping and handling for up to 10 weeks until the member can arrange for a more permanent solution. This program is not available for people with Medicaid or is over age 65, who have access to Meals on Wheels.

  3. IN PERSON Symptom Management

    Occupational Therapy

    This program helps people living with MS to deal with the variety of diminished cognitive and physical capabilities that may accompany the disease. Members may be referred to an OT for a home evaluation for accessibility compliance. Up to eight sessions of OT can be arranged. A doctor’s prescription and the letter of refusal from your insurance company (when applicable) are required.

  4. IN PERSON Exercise

    Physical Therapy

    The physical therapist works primarily with motor skills: standing, walking, lifting or moving about in a wheelchair. A program is then tailored to meet a person’s specific needs. Up to eight sessions of PT are available. A doctor’s prescription and the letter of refusal from your insurance company (when applicable) are required.

  5. IN PERSON Symptom Management

    Speech Therapy

    Speech therapy is available for people who experience slurred speech, low volume, harsh voice quality, slow rate of speech and swallowing difficulties. Up to eight sessions are available. A doctor’s prescription and the letter of refusal from your insurance company(when applicable) are required. Financial assistance toward the purchase of speech communication devices is also available.

  6. ONLINE Live Fully, Live Well

    Live Fully, Live Well

    Managing your health and wellness is an integral part of "living well" with MS. Live Fully, Live Well is a comprehensive wellness program from the National MS Society and Can Do MS, designed for people living with MS and their support partners. Live Fully, Live Well covers topics affecting the whole family living with MS in order to strengthen relationships, increase understanding and promote improved health and quality of life.

  7. ONLINE Complementary and Alternative Medicines

    Acupuncture and MS: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    An exploration of what is known and not known about this complementary therapy by Alan Bowling, MD, PhD and Tom Stewart. (last updated 2004)

  8. VIDEO Symptom Management

    Beginning Rehab for MS (video)

    Mary Hughes, MD, answers a viewer's question about how to begin rehabilitation for multiple sclerosis.

  9. ONLINE Social and Emotional support

    Caring for Loved Ones with Advanced MS - A Guide for Families (.pdf)

    This booklet is designed for families who are caring for a person with advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

  10. ONLINE Symptom Management

    Controlling Spasticity (.pdf)

    Managing this common, sometimes disabling, MS symptom—roles of self-help, medications, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians. (last updated May 2014)