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From PubMed, August 10, 2016:

Mult Scler Int. 2016;2016:1845720.

Healthy Aging from the Perspectives of 683 Older People with Multiple Sclerosis

Wallack EM1, Wiseman HD1, Ploughman M1.

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1Recovery & Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John's, NL, Canada A1A 1E5.


 The aim of this study was to determine what factors most greatly contributed to healthy aging with multiple sclerosis (MS) from the perspective of a large sample of older people with MS.

Design and Methods

 Participants (n = 683; >55 years of age with symptoms >20 years) provided answers to an open-ended question regarding healthy aging and were categorized into three groups, 55-64 (young), 65-74 (middle), and 75 and over (oldest old).

Sociodemographic actors were compared using ANOVA [analysis of variance, a statistical method used to test differences between two or more means]. Two independent raters used the framework method of analyzing qualitative data.


 Participants averaged 64 years of age (6.2) with MS symptoms for 32.9 years (9.4). 531 participants were female (78%). The majority of participants lived in their own home (n = 657) with a spouse or partner (n = 483).

Participants described seven themes: social connections, attitude and outlook on life, lifestyle choices and habits, health care system, spirituality and religion, independence, and finances. These themes had two shared characteristics, multidimensionality and interdependence. Implications. Learning from the experiences of older adults with MS can help young and middle aged people with MS plan to age in their own homes and communities. Our data suggests that older people with MS prioritize factors that are modifiable through targeted self-management strategies.

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