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MSAA Extends Helpline Hours

March 14, 2003
Cherry Hill, N.J.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has recently extended its hours of service to 8 p.m. Eastern for its national toll-free Helpline, 1-800-532-7667.  Helpline hours now run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern, Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern on Fridays.  Through the national, toll-free Helpline, MSAA staff members offer information, referrals, and resources on multiple sclerosis (MS) and disability management.

"It's extremely important for someone with MS or with MS in the family to locate as much information and as many resources as possible," notes MSAA Director of Client Services Cindy Richman.  "With the expanded Helpline hours, we can better serve clients from the central and western portions of the country.  Whether a person is newly diagnosed with MS or has ongoing questions about symptom management, coping skills, or a wide range of issues, MSAA works to find answers, offer reassurance, and, most importantly, build an ongoing relationship of support."

In addition to the Helpline, MSAA national programs and services include medical and safety equipment ranging from grab bars to wheelchairs, cool suits, home modifications, MRI funding, educational literature, a quarterly magazine, a lending library, and a networking program.  Local services include support groups, therapeutic classes, conferences, workshops, and social events.  For more information, call 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 communications 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.

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