When you receive a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, it may be difficult to grasp the full spectrum of complications that may arise as the disease progresses. You will likely have a lot of questions, which your doctor may be able to address. Everyone experiences MS differently; a neuropsychologist is the ideal professional to assess your situation.
Dementia takes on many forms, and cognitive dysfunction is one of the characteristics of Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system; dementia is a broad term that refers to brain disorders. Since the brain is a major organ in the nervous system, MS can be considered a form of dementia but is not a mental illness and is not as severe as Alzheimer’s disease.
What are the symptoms of MS?
- Dizziness, difficulty keeping your balance
- Drastic changes in your gait
- Short term memory loss
- Bladder dysfunction
- Bowel dysfunction
- Brain atrophy (detected via MRI)
- Slower information processing capabilities
- Problems with abstract reasoning
- Visual-spatial abilities weakened (e.g. driving)
Retire at Home Halton can help you manage your disease by helping with things like:
- Memory exercises
- Arranging for transportation
- Buying groceries/picking up prescriptions
- Catheter care
- General housekeeping services
To find out how Retire at Home Halton can serve your specific needs, contact us for a complimentary consultation: