Multiple Sclerosis Suggested Reading

Thanks to all for your suggestions of helpful books about MS. Contact us here if you would like to submit your recommendations.

Most of the books listed are available new or used, and in e-book format.

For patients:

Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies (2007) By Rosalind Kalb, PhD, Nancy Holland, RN, EdD, MSCN, and Barbara Giesser, MD

MS for Dummies gives you easy to access, easy to understand information about what happens with MS—what kinds of symptoms it can cause, how it can affect your life at home and at work, what you can do to feel and function better, and how you can protect yourself and your family against the long-term unpredictability of the disease.

Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis: A Safe and Effective Program to Fight Fatigue, Build Strength, and Improve Balance (2006) By Brad Hamler

Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis outlines a detailed exercise plan that can help MS sufferers overcome their symptoms, especially fatigue and mobility problems. The latest book in the popular Exercises for series, Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis provides a tested program for people living with MS, making it an essential reference for anyone who suffers from MS. The exercises are clearly photographed in easy-to-follow sequences and contain complete descriptions.

Multiple Sclerosis: Your Legal Rights (2008) By Lanny E. Perkins, Esq. and Sara D. Perkins, Esq.

Since the publication of the last edition significant legislative changes have taken place that affect the lives of anyone living with MS. Trying to decipher new laws can be overwhelming, even for the most educated individual. This updated edition of a comprehensive legal reference for MS patients incorporates recent legislative changes affecting MS patients. The book answers such questions as: Can I return to work without compromising my long-term SSDI benefits? How does the expansion of Medicare Part D affect me? What about the new bankruptcy laws? Other topics include how homeland security regulations affect disabled travelers, private medical insurance issues, new laws regarding Medicare Part B, and more. Written for the layperson, this book helps MS patients take charge of their future and act in their own best interest.

Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges (2006) By Nicholas LaRocca, PhD and Rosalind Kalb, PhD

It is estimated that more than half of all people with MS suffer some form of cognitive difficulty. Although symptoms and severity can vary, the emotional and social impact can be devastating. This invaluable resource, written for patients and their families, offers an in-depth discussion of cognitive difficulties, including changes that can occur; helpful strategies for dealing with their impact in daily life; and a detailed overview of treatment options.

The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book (1987) By Roy Laver Swank and Barbara Brewer Dugan

Hundreds of new recipes for dishes that taste terrific but stick to the diet rules so important for controlling MS — now completely revised to conform to the latest medical research.

For caregivers:

Mainstay: For the well spouse of the chronically ill (1987) By Maggie Strong

Strong tells us what it is like to watch her husband become increasingly debilitated by multiple sclerosis, to deal with the financial burden of illness, to realize that their and their children’s futures are changed forever. By writing about her experiences and those of others in similar situations she intends to offer support to the well spouse. The personal accounts are interspersed with practical advice about dealing with physicians, handling insurance, and just coping. An appendix lists organizations giving help. Not a happy book, but well written, moving, and immensely helpful.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Fifth edition publication date: October 27, 2011 By Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

Originally published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day was the first book of its kind. Thirty years later, with dozens of other books on the market, it remains the definitive guide for people caring for someone with dementia. Now in a new and updated edition, this best-selling book features thoroughly revised chapters on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.

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