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Aging with MS

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Overview

We all grow older- including people with MS. MS is often described as a disease of young and middle aged adults. Yet a significant number of all people living with MS are 65 or older.

Until recently, little attention was paid to the issues or challenges of aging with MS, and very few resources or services specifically designed for older adults with MS were readily available. However, there is a growing interest in aging with MS and recognition that more attention must be paid to this important topic.

Additional resources

MS In Focus

Aging with MS: Clinical Bulletin

Preventative Healthcare Recommendations

Mobility and Accessibility

Aging Life Care Association - serves seniors, adults with disabilities (of any age), and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. Provides an online search tool, ‘Find an Aging Life Care Expert’, to locate Aging Life Care Professionals™ (also known as geriatric care managers) who can conduct an assessment, write a care plan and coordinate ongoing care for the adult, while serving as an experienced guide to the family.
 
Eldercare Locator - free, nationwide information and referral service that connects older adults, families, and care partners to unbiased information & assistance resources in their local area. Whether an older person needs help with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a care partner needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator can point the person in the right direction. View resources online, or contact Eldercare Locator’s Call Center at 800-677-1116, and speak with an Information Specialist for help/resources over the phone.
 
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) - n4a helps older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity in their homes and communities for as long as possible. n4a offers a locator to find your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). AAAs deliver five core services including elder rights counseling (includes abuse prevention and long-term care ombudsman programs), caregiver services, nutrition, health and wellness, and supportive services (includes information and referral, in-home services, chore services, transportation, case management, home modification and general legal services).
 
National Council on Aging - offers practical solutions to help seniors age well and remain healthy, secure and independent. These solutions include 3 online tools, BenefitsCheckUp, EconomicCheckUp and My Medicare Matters.
 
National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center - Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs advocate for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, board and care homes, and similar adult care homes. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Programs provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. Learn more about what ombudsmen do and how they can assist you.

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