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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. The book offers strategies that will assist those living with MS to retain their intellectual faculties through sharpening their mental discipline.

This book is a vital step beyond acknowledging cognitive symptoms and the revealing changes that can affect those living with MS. It will also inform those who know them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The contributing writers of this book serve as exemplars and guides of how to live with and function - despite MS cognitive challenges.

This book includes:

Tips and tricks for dealing with cognitive issues A conversation with Montel Williams A conversation with New York Times bestselling author Richard Cohen A conversation with Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Mary Mullarkey A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Montel Williams MS Foundation ;"Preface; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Sharpening Conversations (Jeffrey N. Gingold; Coping Without Yielding: A Conversation with Richard Cohen; Leading by Open Example: A Conversation with Montel Williams; Sharpening with Grace: A Conversation with Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey; A Neurologist's Thoughts on Thinking in Multiple Sclerosis (Eric Maas, MD); My Mental Limp (Christy Demory); Popping the Clutch (Dan Waters); Psychological Coping: Interchanging Puzzle Pieces to Form a Whole (Sharon S. Fedderly, PhD); The Dance of Life: Transformation to Maintain Strength, Balance, and Focus (Carol Crawford Smith); Recognizing Cognitive Problems that Occur in Multiple Sclerosis: Defining the Cause (Patricia Kennedy); Time Out (Shelley Peterman Schwarz); Mind Over Matter: Lessons in Problem Solving (Eynat Shevil, PhD); Advocating for True Fortune (Jeffrey N. Gingold); Epilogue; Resources.";

"A number of people with MS are described, showing how each person's attitude to their MS plays a role in developing anxiety etc. The immune system is looked at, and its role in sleep and body temperature. The author confirms that these experiences do happen, they are not all in your head, and you are not the only person to have them. There are helpful suggestions made, such as having a good support network, a strong religious belief or spirituality and confidence." -MS Society Member Clive Whiteside

"Overall a well researched book which is an enjoyable read and very helpful, not for people with Ms but for their families and health profesionals." - MS Society Member Evelyn Wright

;"A page turner written with ease and flare that keep you wanting to read and enjoying the ride...Jeffrey's postive and realistic attitude will make you think and the book will give you suggestions and options you either use already or might try in the future...It's good to know we are not alone. MSWorld

"This book offers concrete yet beautifully written advice on how to develop better cognitive skills through conversation, puzzle-solving and psychological strength." -- Book News

"Simply put, cognitive dysfunction is the stepchild of multiple sclerosis. In this well-researched, carefully crafted book, Jeffrey Gingold not only brings cognitive dysfunction out of the shadows but also offers concrete tools to help MS survivors and their loved ones cope with and even overcome its

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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.more
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.more
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.more
This appeal and utility of this book goes well beyond its obvious audience. I recommend it to anyone with a basic interest in 'how thinking works', in either the cognitive or neurological sense, because that is truly what this book is about.It is comprised of articles, mostly by people with MS, who describe their symptoms and coping strategies. The interest lies in the consequences of even very tiny things going wrong, or going missing, and then how those affected find ways to route around the gaps and disruptions. It could easily have become a depressing catalog of morbidities; it never does.more
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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.more
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.more
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.more
This appeal and utility of this book goes well beyond its obvious audience. I recommend it to anyone with a basic interest in 'how thinking works', in either the cognitive or neurological sense, because that is truly what this book is about.It is comprised of articles, mostly by people with MS, who describe their symptoms and coping strategies. The interest lies in the consequences of even very tiny things going wrong, or going missing, and then how those affected find ways to route around the gaps and disruptions. It could easily have become a depressing catalog of morbidities; it never does.more
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