MS and cognitive dysfunction – how carers can help

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|While physical diability and handicap are commonly associated with multiple sclerosis, cognitive dysfunction may be overlooked. Olwen Glynn Owen looks at the care worker¹s role in helping to manage the problems associated with it.| Patients with multiple sclerosis often require the services of community nurses and carers at home because of the considerable physical disability and handicap that can develop over the course of the disease. What is often overlooked, however, is the extent of cognitive dysfunction that may also be a consequence of the disease process. Carers who are aware of and recognise cognitive dysfunction can have an important part to play in helping to manage the problems arising from it. In doing so they can often make a significant contribution to improving their clients¹ quality of life. Cognitive function refers to the brain¹s ability to think, reason, solve problems, make judgments, recognise objects, assess space and distance, use language, respond appropriately to emotional and so

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