March 21, 2003
Great Falls, Mont.
Area residents with multiple sclerosis may be eligible for home modification assistance through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). With the goal of improving a person's safety and mobility, MSAA's Pathways for Independence program uses trained volunteers to conduct in-home assessments and then works to modify the home or apartment for handicapped accessibility up to a budgetary cap. Common modifications include ramps, wider doorways, grab bars, and other adaptive equipment. To receive a Pathways application or to volunteer as an in-home assessor, contact MSAA's Northwest Regional Office at 1-800-532-7667, ext. 131.
In addition to the Pathways program, the MSAA Northwest Regional Office offers a wide variety of services and support to ease the day-to-day challenges of those with MS and their care partners. Regional services include support groups, aquatic exercise classes, conferences and seminars, a lending library, a monthly newsletter, and networking and social events. Those with MS can also receive programs and services on a national basis by calling 1-800-532-7667.
The most common neurological disorder diagnosed in young adults, multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. This disorder damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways.
Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. MS is not contagious or fatal.
SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Web Site: http://www.msaa.com
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