The following is a list of SUPPORT GROUPS and ON-LINE SUPPORTS available to MS patients and their families:
The MS Center staff offer the following Support Groups:
**Men with MS **This group is for men who have MS, are in their 40s and 50s, are not working, and receive disability benefits. The group meets monthly at a restaurant accessible to Route 128 and the Mass Pike. For information, please contact The National MS Society at 1-800-344-4867 or visit visit their website.
**Caregivers/Family Members Group II ** This group is a monthly support group for spouses, partners, family members, and people with MS. It is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, call The National MS Society at 1-800-344-4867 or visit visit their website.
**Family and Caregiver Supports **The diagnosis of MS has an impact on families and loved ones as well as the individual who is diagnosed with the disease. Each family will handle MS differently according to the individual members in the family and the relationship patterns in the family. The fact that MS is a chronic disease means that family life with MS will likely change over time.Adjusting to the unpredictability of MS can create stress in family life, but a balanced and healthy family life can be maintained. It is important to learn about and discuss the potential impact of financial, social, and emotional changes that occur in family life as a result of MS. Getting support and discovering new ways to cope will improve the quality of every day family life. Here are a few resources to explore. www.caregiver.org Offers community resources, education, and links to many useful sites about being a caregiver. www.mass.gov/dcr/universal_access Learn about ways to enjoy Massachusetts’s state parks through their Universal Access Program. www.wellspouse.org Offers support and information for individuals caring for a spouse with a chronic illness. www.wheelchairnet.org Resources for living daily life in a wheelchair including parenting, products, and education. www.elderlawanswers.com Connect to useful information about estate planning, health care proxy info, etc. www.familyvillage.wisc.edu Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, this site provides information that is organized and easy to use. Topics vary from assistive technology to leisure activities and much more. www.disabledparents.net A wealth of information about parenting with a disability. Info on toys, books, magazines, reproductive health and more.
** Additional Groups **Additional groups are available under the auspices of the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For further information, call 1-800-344-4867, or visit their website.