Multiple Sclerosis and cognitive changes

Some 50% of people with Multiple Sclerosis will experience cognitive changes caused by the impact of the condition on areas of the brain. Common concerns are problems with memory, difficulty concentrating, verbal fluency (finding the right word to use), information processing, and so-called “executive” functions such as planning and prioritizing.  

It's tempting to try one of the brain training apps but we don't recommend this. It is unlikely you will find something specific enough to help and it is possible to do more harm than good.
In an ideal world you can get some guidance from a specialist therapist who will use cognitive rehabilitation approaches to help.

The basic idea in cognitive rehabilitation is to use approaches that both retrain the brain to recover some function and employ strategies that can help the individual compensate for their loss of function.  In the UK compensation strategies such as using "memory aids" have been the mainstay of treatment. However, research on neuroplasticity concepts have shown that restitution of function is possible in some circumstances.

We are spreading the word about RehaCom to UK therapists - RehaCom is software designed in Germany by neuropsychologists and computer scientists to be used as a tool to help the therapist in cognitive rehabilitation.  It is used in 95% of German clinical facilities dealing with cognition issues but is relatively new to the UK.  One of things we know is that for training to be effective it takes quite a commitment - training needs to be frequent and relatively intensive over a few months.  The good news is that the software is designed to allow a therapist to supervise a user working at home on their own computer. It's not necessary to be in a hospital to use it.

To learn more about RehaCom - check out our website at - and ask your therapist for advice and guidance.