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by Jeffrey N. Gingold

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Jeffrey Gingold, internationally acclaimed author and Multiple Sclerosis sufferer, has assembled an exceptional collection of articles and interviews featuring techniques for increasing and maintaining cognitive awareness.

The majority of the informative articles in this collection contain numerous helpful tips on how to keep mental faculties sharp and attentive, and ways to keep the stumbling blocks of Multiple Sclerosis from getting in the way of functioning professionally and privately. These include everything from mental exercises and organizational tips, to handy tools that can be utilized to cope with some of the physical setbacks, such as voice recognition programs for word processors.

If you or a loved one has MS, this book will prove to be a useful resource for day to day living.
  smichaelwilson | Feb 13, 2017 |
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This book offers personal stories of people who are suffering from MS and also offers insights from some experts on MS. The chapters are written in a conversational tone and are easily accessible for the layperson. What you won't find in the book is information regarding the latest scientific research on MS. What you will find is affirmation regarding your own or a family member's experiences with MS. There are many helpful tips on managing the cognitive changes you or a family member may be experiencing as a result of MS. Many of these tips are similar to those that are recommended to help us compensate for normal cognitive changes resulting from aging. The most beneficial aspect of the book is that it may give you or a family member the reassurance that you are not alone and that you can compensate for any cognitive losses you may be experiencing. ( )
  lhager | Jun 8, 2010 |
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If you are the sort of person who learns well from anecdotes about how other people deal with challenges, then this is the sort of book that you would like. I didn't read it when I got it because I opened it to read the first pages, realized that it was going to put me to sleep, then set it down. Now, however, I have more spare thought-power and am enjoying slowly reading through it. The suggestions are not limited to those who have MS, though the examples definitely are.

I expect that most Americans could learn something from an ideology that effectively says, "figure out what you can do and when, do it to the best of your abilities, and delegate (or let slide) the rest." Add in a heady dose of not judging yourself against the dreams of a prior self and you have a book that is applicable far beyond its intended target audience.

For the intended audience, people dealing with multiple sclerosis, it is that much more profound as most people do not necessarily get told that there are cognitive effects of MS even after they are diagnosed. This book could allow you to see what may be coming and recognize it if it happens. You can't find work-arounds if you don't know what hit you. This book can help you recognize what's going on.

All around, a good book. A bit dry, definitely a slow read, but useful. ( )
  gipsieee | Mar 8, 2010 |
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Has a mom with ms and soon realized that it was for her to read not me...too dry for me. ( )
  boone.reavis | Nov 4, 2009 |
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I actually entered this book into LT some time ago and wrote a review, but this has somehow gotten lost. So, I refound the book, and I still have some notes on this book.

My wife, who has MS, got a little bogged down in the book, but I found that if you skipped around, you can get rewarded. I especially liked chapter three, "My Mental Limp" written by Christy Demory. I like the idea of working with your good possibilities, and working around your weaknesses..

Typographically, I thought the grey background was not good for people who might have eyesight problems. These are highlighted areas "Mental Sharpening Sones and Perspectives". I might have drawn a black box around these. But htis is a minor point. I think the varieties of books on MS are needed, as each person with MS is different, has different struggles and challenges. I do think the story strategy does work for this book. ( )
  vpfluke | Jul 24, 2009 |
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& Quot;With an estimated 400,000 multiple sclerosis patients in the United States alone, conservatively speaking, half of the MS population will encounter varying degrees of cognitive difficulties. Newer studies point to a percentage of 65%, affecting over 2.5 million world-wide MS patients. Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis provides real-life techniques garnered from MS patients and their medical providers, sharing their practical methods for pushing back against the disruptive and potentially disabling cognitive symptoms that affect MS patients. Th.… (more)

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