- May 10, 2020
Aging Healthy with Multiple Sclerosis
AgingHealthy with Multiple Sclerosis
AgingHealthy with Multiple Sclerosis
MultipleSclerosis (MS) is a debilitating and an unpredictable chronic illnessof the Central Nervous System (CNS) that reduces human lifeexpectancy by 5 to 10 years. Evans,C., Beland, S. G., Kulaga, S., Wolfson, C., Kingwell, E., Marriott,J., & Dykeman, J. (2013)established that MS could be categorized into secondary-progressive,primary-progressive, progressive-relapsing, and relapsing-remitting.Although the illness can affect people of different ages, it can beof major concern to the aging populations. For one to achieve apositive aging, MS should be properly managed.
Accordingto Ascherio, A., Munger, K.L., & Simon, K.C.(2010),nutrition can play a significant role in the management of MS. One ofthe essential nutritional elements to be incorporated into the MSdiet is vitamin D. If properly utilized vitamin D can enable MSpatient to deal with the condition because of its contributions tothe progression and protection of the body. Similar sentiments areechoed by Jennum,P., Wanscher, B., Frederiksen, J., & Kjellberg, J. (2012)who asserts the significance of social factors in the management ofMS and attainment of positive aging by the MS patients. This is whyAscherio, A., Munger, K.L., & Simon, K.C.(2010),emphasize the role of lifestyle, health care, and autonomy in themanagement of MS conditions by the aging patients. Despite presentinga candid analysis on all these, the scholars narrowed the scope oftheir study by eliminating other factors. At the same time, the studywas limited to a small geographical area. Therefore, to ensure thatthe study accomplishes its objectives of adequately sensitizing theaudience on positive aging, it would have gone ahead to cover all thefactors.
Finlayson,M.L., & Cho, C.C. (2011) established that support group could bean important strategy in the management of MS amongst the elderlypatients. Given the nature of the illness, a patient can boost therecovery process if provided with adequate social support. Meaning,no elderly patient should be left to live in loneliness. Instead, allelderly MS patients should be provided with social support wheneverthey need it. Meaning, they should be given company by their closerelatives, friends, and caretakers. When this is done, the elderly MSpatients can be relieved of pain and prevented from experiencing anystress that might hinder them from recovery. While researching onpositive aging in MS patients, Ploughman,M., Austin, M. W., Murdoch, M., Kearney, A., Fisk, J. D., Godwin, M.,& Stefanelli, M. (2012)enumerated different factors that influence positive and healthyaging amongst the MS patients. After selecting the study population,these researchers analyzed how important social and economic factorsare in the management of MS. These scholars concluded that theelderly MS patients should be imparted with management skills. Theacquisition of self-management skills can enable the elderly MSpatients to cope up with their condition and live positively nomatter how challenging it might be.
Inconclusion, MS is a chronic illness that poses a great challenge,especially for the elderly patients. However, as expressed by theseresearchers, the elderly MS patients still have an opportunity ofenjoying a healthy aging process. Apart from acquiringself-management skills, the aging MS patients should be provided withsocial support. When adequately assisted by their loved ones, theaging MS patients cannot find it challenging to deal with theirworrying MS conditions.
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