Senior Housing

National MS Week in Senior Housing

It is estimated that 2.5 million individuals are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis worldwide. In the United States, there are about 200 new diagnoses every week. With the rising prevalence of MS, it is also important to increase awareness and share about the condition, available treatments, progress in research and treatments, and offer support to those suffering from this condition. During this week-long celebration, senior housing facilities participate by offering various activities, fundraising, and educational programs to help residents with multiple sclerosis better understand it, show compassion, and provide a supportive environment.

National MS Week

National Multiple Sclerosis Week is all about advocating for resources, raising awareness, and supporting those diagnosed with MS. The entire week is dedicated to educating the public, sharing the everyday experiences of people with MS, and coming together to support and improve the lives of those with MS.

This week is the right opportunity for individuals with MS to share their everyday struggles and for the world to know their stories so that people can understand what life is like with MS. Intimate discussions are launched to create a safe space for people diagnosed with MS to talk about topics they find it hard to discuss. It is an opportunity to amplify their voices in ways that would give them access to better health care, resources, and treatments.

Through National MS Week, researchers can showcase the latest developments in MS treatment options, which could greatly impact the lives of individuals with MS.

Every year, the National MS Week is a time to show people living with MS, including those in senior housing, the support they need. It is time to educate the public about this auto-immune disease and empower and uplift those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

MS & Emotional Wellbeing in Senior Housing

In senior housing, managing MS symptoms, as well as the well-being of patients, is crucial. Dealing with mobility issues, cognitive changes, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and other MS-related challenges can impact their emotional health.

Along with personalized MS care, senior housing must also prioritize emotional support. Residents must have access to mental health services for professional strategies and counseling, allowing them to navigate the emotional challenges.

Moreover, programs, activities, and other forms of engagement must be available for residents to join. This allows them to meet new friends and receive peer support, alleviating loneliness and isolation.

When caring for the residents’ emotional well-being, incorporate physical exercises and MS-friendly facilities. These will help them navigate their condition and improve their quality of life.

MS Friendly Exercises

Physical exercise for people with MS can help maintain bodily functions like balance, strength, and flexibility. Physical exercise is also crucial in improving mental health and overall well-being.

Here are MS-friendly physical activities you can try in senior housing:

  • Pilates
  • Stationary biking/cycling
  • Strength training focusing on back, arms, legs
  • Swimming
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking
  • Yoga

But before doing these suggested activities, it is best to consult with your health provider to ensure safety.


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