In reading through so many of the blogs and stories about Multiple Sclerosis, one common thread is the vast effect of the disease upon an individual’s emotions. Sometimes the emotion is anger, and the frustration of limited mobility can impact the entire family. Other times the emotion is depression and withdrawal. But there are bright spots on the research front. The Charcot Project in England is approaching MS as an infectious disease, which behaves like a virus. (http://multiple-sclerosis-research.blogspot.com/p/charcot-project.html). The approach is very compelling and quite unique. So, look ahead and manage each day knowing that progress is being made against MS.
A great story from Mother Nature Network about remodeling a home for a wheelchair. I remember when my mom was in a wheelchair. My parents’ home, although on one level, was not designed for a wheelchair. This brought many challenges for my mom. My dad did the best he could to adapt the home for my mom.
This story can give you ideas of how to make changes. Even if you can't afford to do a total remodel, small changes can make a big difference.
This inspiring blog written by Dr. Soania-Mathur mentions a quote by Dr. Viktor Frankl, "Everything can be taken from a man but...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." She describes her realization that while she cannot control the effects of Parkinson’s on her body, she can control her attitude towards her condition and embrace each day. Movement disorders of any kind are truly a physical challenge, but a positive outlook can help overcome some of the difficulties the day might bring.
Done right, aging in place can help many older people preserve their independence, functionality, and even their health.
Welcome to the age-friendly movement. As the baby-boomer generation grows older, they are looking for a different life than the generation before them. Aging is more of a number. Many seniors stay active well into their 70s and 80s. Keep your mind active and your body will follow. Daily walks, talks with friends, and eating right are the keys to aging well.
With the cost of assisted living facilities going up, staying in your home is fast becoming the thing of the future. You know your neighborhood, the local shops. Making your home safe as you age is the key. EasyUndies is one of those products on the market that can help with safety. EasyUndies is a unique patented product that is an alternative to traditional underwear. EasyUndies can help reduce the risk of falling.
Keeping active and keeping safe is the key to aging in place.
A combination of multiple sclerosis symptoms, such as poor balance and numbness or lack of sensation in the feet or legs, can cause problems with walking. Other symptoms that may contribute to walking problems include fatigue, muscle weakness, and uncontrolled shaking, or tremors, which an estimated 25 to 60 percent of people with multiple sclerosis experience.
Pay attention to the signs that your body is giving you. Allowing more time to complete daily tasks can help minimize the frustration of physical limitations and can help you avoid embarrassing or dangerous situations.
I remember well the many issues my mom had with walking and balance. In developing EasyUndies, helping with my mom’s poor balance was important to me. EasyUndies can help you with the dignity of the simplest task of putting on and taking off your most private clothing item.
Make it Easy, Make it Simple.... Make it an EasyUndies Day
This wonderful blog post talks about one of the most important aspects of aging, maintaining a healthy mind. One can easily focus on the physical challenges of aging, but just as important is the task of maintaining happiness for the elderly through active engagement and activities. It does make the difference “between existing and living.” I particularly like the focus on finding activities where the senior can give back to the caregiver, so time spent together is more meaningful and not so one-sided.