A lesser-known multiple-sclerosis issue — money problems

For most people, managing their finances is hard enough.

But navigating that daily task is even harder with cognitive problems, as those with disabilities, especially many of the 2.3 million people worldwide with multiple sclerosis, or MS, must do.

The degenerative disease, though typically associated with physical impairments due to disruption of the central nervous system, has been recognized in recent years for its cognitive impacts, too, which affect a majority, but not all, of those with MS.

Individuals with multiple sclerosis are more likely to have problems with daily financial tasks including operating an ATM, owing debt for unpaid bills and needing to borrow money, relative to healthy participants who also reported some financial problems, one study found.

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