Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Currently there is no cure for MS. To help doctors determine how severely MS impacts their patients, we use tests to measure walking, vision, hand use and thinking ability. However, we know that the normal age-related changes that we all can experience as we get older also can make those abilities more difficult for anyone. This study looks at how the normal age-related changes affect people with and without MS, and will help us in the diagnosis and treatment of MS.
Participants will attend a one time visit at the MS Clinic located in the Landon Center at KUMC. The visit will last about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Participants will complete tests of walking, vision, hand function, memory and concentration. They will complete survey's about how their current health impacts their quality of life and mood. Medical history and medications with be reviewed and they will complete an assessment of physical function commonly used with individuals with MS. The total time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed $25.00 for their time and travel.
Inclusion: 1. Be 55 years of age or older 2. Read and write English as your first language
Exclusion: 1. Has been diagnosed with MS