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Living and ageing well with MS

5th June 2019

As you age with MS, you will experience normal aging changes in addition to your MS symptoms. It’s important to remember that not all health issues you experience as you get older will be caused by your MS or its progression. There are ways to manage age related health issues and impacts on daily activities, so you can continue to live and age well with MS.

Mobility and falls

Not only are weak muscles a symptom of MS, they are also a symptom of just getting older. Along with vision changes, pain, swelling and reduced range of motion. Even those without MS find it harder to walk around when going through these changes.

For both older adults and people with MS, mobility changes can increase the risk of falls. To reduce the risk of falling, try:

  • wearing suitable and well-fitting footwear that have laces or Velcro, and aren’t too heavy (boots are ideal as they support the ankle)
  • assessing your surroundings and planning the safest route, with the least obstacles
  • removing clutter and hazards from the main routes you use in the house
  • taping down mats and rugs, and wires and cables.

Driving

As you get older changes in your vision, strength and range of motion can affect your ability to drive. Also cognitive changes with perception, judgement and responsiveness can make driving unsafe.

You should regularly self-assess your ability to drive to keep yourself and others safe. Some options include:

  • taking some practical lessons to adjust your driving skills to suit your symptoms
  • having regular vision assessments
  • reducing distractions, such as talking to others and listening to music
  • planning your routes in advance.

Life changes

As people age with MS, they often worry about relying too much on their family and friends as their care needs increase. This also leads to worry about moving into an assisted living or nursing facility. You’re not alone, people getting older without MS also experience similar concerns. There are a range of care options to consider, and these can be discussed with a social worker or occupational therapist.

It is also important you keep yourself healthy with regular health check-ups. Speak to your GP about regular screening exams.

Contact MS Assist for advice on aging well with MS, transport options, and your living and care needs.

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