7 Thoughtful Multiple Sclerosis Gifts For Loved Ones
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and often unpredictable condition that can lead to symptoms including fatigue, difficulty with coordination and balance, muscle weakness, and cognitive impairment. Being diagnosed with MS can be life-changing and the start of a challenging journey for those who live with it, and the people who love and care for them.
One way to show your support is by giving thoughtful and practical gifts to loved ones that can help make life with MS just that little bit easier. For inspiration, we've compiled a list of some great gifts for the special women in your life with multiple sclerosis.
1. A Springrose Easy On Bra
With MS very often causing fatigue and weakness, everyday tasks like getting dressed can become more challenging as time passes. A specialist bra designed for multiple sclerosis can be a thoughtful gift that eliminates the need for someone with MS to twist and turn their arms and shoulders to fasten tricky clasps on the back of the bra. It also means that they don’t need assistance.
If you're unsure about which bra to choose or which size you need, you can always give a gift card instead.
2. Multiple Sclerosis Jewelry
Jewelry can be a meaningful and personal gift that shows your support for someone with multiple sclerosis. There are so many gorgeous MS awareness bracelets, necklaces, and earrings available online, especially on sites like Etsy. These can be great conversation starters and help raise awareness about MS whilst showing your support.Here are some of our favorites!
3. Voice Activated Assistants
Gifts for someone with multiple sclerosis can make a home more accessible. A voice-activated assistant, such as an Alexa or Google Home, can be the perfect gift for someone with MS who has mobility issues.
They can better control their home environment (e.g., lights, music), easily access information or contact friends and family, and even order groceries with really simple voice commands.
4. Walking Bikes
People with a diagnosis of any kind just want to continue to live their lives and be as active as possible. Some people with MS may benefit from a mobility aid such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair, whilst others may prefer something a bit more adventurous.
Walking bikes are designed to help people continue to be active even when they might not have the strength to do it in the same ways as they previously might have. This Alinker model is the best of the best, but there are some more affordable options out there to explore, including some stylish tricycles for those whose balance maybe isn’t quite as good.
5. Cooling Vest
Individuals with MS benefit from staying cool, especially during the hotter months. Heat can worsen their symptoms and trigger fatigue, weakness, and impaired cognitive function. Cooling vests are a great solution and there are a variety of options across price ranges.
Read this article from Everyday Health to read more about the various vest options. The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) also provide free cooling products for people who qualify.
6. Adaptive Utensils and Plates
Adaptive utensils are designed to make eating and drinking easier for people with MS who have difficulty with hand coordination or general mobility. These utensils have special features such as larger handles or angled heads that make them easier and more comfortable to grip and use.
Some great options:
7. Massage Supplies
If we look again at relaxation and its benefits for those with multiple sclerosis, a massage cushion can help to relieve general muscle tension and can make a great gift for multiple sclerosis patients. Look for a cushion with adjustable settings and a heat option for added comfort.
Gifting Independence With Multiple Sclerosis Gifts
It’s not always easy to find thoughtful gifts that are also practical. Hopefully, this article can act as a multiple sclerosis gift shop to help you find the perfect gift for the women in your life to help them feel supported, independent and most importantly loved.