if i were doing the talk, i would organize it this way:
give information about what multiple sclerosis is and the common symptoms of the people who have it. i would also mention the difference between the early stages of the disease and how it progresses as the patient's symptoms get worse.
next, i would focus on what i, as a nursing assistant, would be likely to be doing to help this type of patient and address these areas:
- eating and drinking
- personal hygiene (bathing, mouth care, shaving, nail care, skin care)
- safety measures
- diversional activities
- communication and breathing problems as their disease gets worse
however! it's your report, isn't it? so, don't let me rain on your parade. here are some links that i think you will find very, very helpful in putting your presentation together. good luck! i'd like to get some feedback from you as to how your presentation turned out.
- this is a very nice tutorial from the medline plus website that you can either watch as a slide show (i believe) or just pull up a text version that you can print out. it is written for the general public. the way it is organized is a possible way you might want to organize your presentation as well.
- this article talks about ms and rehabilitation. towards the end of the article is a nice chart that lists helpful techniques for the various adls encountered by ms patients. this is definitely an article you want to look at in preparing for your presentation!
- a short little article about the diagnosis of ms (multiple sclerosis), it's signs and symptoms.
- at home with ms: adapting your environment
- dressing with ease, style and comfort. some really good information about clothing for people with limited mobility!
- you will find more links of interest on this page from medline plus (i'm having problems with my isp at the moment so downloading to check each of these out is taking forever!) there are some interesting links listed under "related issues" about midway down the page on gait and walking and a guide for caregivers that i was unable to pull up and access to see if they would be helpful for you. i recommend that you check them out.