MS affects families, not just individuals
When a person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, there is an immediate impact on all those who love them.
Overcoming the challenges of living with MS and having an empowered quality of life depends on a robust support system and the family is at the core.
The New York City – Southern New York Chapter offers an extensive range of local programs, services and resources for you and your family. These resources can be accessed in-person, online, by phone and or by mail. To learn more, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.msnyc.org. Families can count on the National MS Society.
In-Person Family Meetings: Learn more about the disease and valuable community resources. Meetings are tailored to meet your family’s needs.
Emotional Support: Connect with a support group, network with other families impacted by MS or speak with a professional one-on-one through our counseling program.
Critical Short-Term Assistance: Access assistance for the family’s basic needs such as food, rent and utilities.
Long-Term Care Planning: Obtain assistance and information on public and private long-term care options to help your loved one remain in the community and function at the highest level possible. Access this service using a phone consultation or arrange a one-on-one meeting in the comfort of your own home.
Help in the Home: Request assistance with day-to-day chores and get a much-needed break through our Respite Care Program.
Education: Attend our symposiums and other education seminars to learn more about advancements in MS research and valuable community resources.
Social and Recreational Programs: Engage and connect with other families with similar experiences at our annual Walk , Climb and Bike MS Events as well as our Spring Fling, MS Family Discovery Day and other family oriented programs.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Volunteer: Become a peer counselor for our MS Friends nationwide telephone-based peer-to-peer support program; offer to host a Do-It-Yourself fundraising event in your community or volunteer at an annual event.
Advocate: Participate in our advocacy efforts and become an MS Activist. Let your voice be heard on important issues and policies that impact the entire family unit.
Donate: Do a good deed and make a donation toward a specific item or service that helps people living with MS move their lives forward. Visit the Good Deed Project at www.MSnyc.org.
Early and on-going treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your healthcare professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).