MSAA Publications

Various Publications from MSAA

All of MSAA’s publications are printed in full color, with large print, and interesting photos. Our explanations are clearly written, using the most up-to-date research available, and all medical information is reviewed by our chief medical officer. We also strive to keep a positive voice throughout our writing. From these efforts, our booklets are comfortable to read and easy to understand, providing important information along with hope for the future.

MSAA publishes a national magazine, The Motivator. This 48-plus page, four-color publication provides valuable information and support to individuals with multiple sclerosis, their care partners, family members, and medical professionals.

Please Note: The Motivator is distributed twice per year – early spring and early fall.

To be added to The Motivator mailing list, please complete this form.

Archived articles from MSAA may be accessed here.



“I cannot thank you enough for the recent cognitive issues article in the Winter/Spring 2015 issue of The Motivator. I spent most of the article saying to myself, ‘no wonder!’ There were so many mysteries solved. I have shared it with my caregiver, my family, and friends. It has really helped to explain a lot of things in my life. Thank you again and again.”

J. M. from Saco, ME


Publications

Cover of The Motivator - Summer/Fall 2016Summer/Fall 2016: The Joys and Challenges of a Service Dog Partnership

Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence takes readers along her eventful journey to partner with a service dog, encountering many benefits and hurdles along the way.

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Cover of MS Research Update 2016MS Research Update 2016

MSAA’s annual MS Research Update provides a comprehensive overview of the FDA-approved disease-modifying therapies as well as research findings on many experimental treatments.

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Cover of MS Research Update 2015MS Research Update 2015

MSAA’s annual MS Research Update provides a comprehensive overview of the FDA-approved disease-modifying therapies as well as research findings on many experimental treatments.

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Cover of About MSAbout MS

This booklet provides an overview of multiple sclerosis and its symptoms, information about treatments, and programs and services available from MSAA.

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Cover of Improving Lives Today! - A Guide to MSAA's Programs and ServicesImproving Lives Today! – A Guide to MSAA’s Programs and Services

This comprehensive resource highlights all of MSAA’s programs and services.

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Cover of How to S.E.A.R.C.H.™ for the Right MS Therapy for You!How to S.E.A.R.C.H.™ for the Right MS Therapy for You!

MSAA’s S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program is just one of several programs designed as tools for individuals with MS and their families to play a more active role in the successful management of their MS.

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Cover of How to S.E.A.R.C.H.™ for the Right MS Therapy for You! S.E.A.R.C.H.™ WorkbookHow to S.E.A.R.C.H.™ for the Right MS Therapy for You!
S.E.A.R.C.H.™ Workbook

This is a convenient way to collect, organize, and store information as you “search” for the most effective treatment to meet your needs. The Workbook also features an office visit questionnaire to help prioritize questions and maximize your time with the doctor.

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Cover of Ways to GiveWays to Give

This brochure highlights the many ways donors are able to support MSAA.

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Cover of Medicare Planning and Multiple SclerosisMedicare Planning and Multiple Sclerosis

This brochure has been designed to serve as an overview of each of the four parts of Medicare, with a particular focus on important questions that everyone should consider before selecting his or her plan.

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Cover of The Affordable Care Act and Multiple SclerosisThe Affordable Care Act and Multiple Sclerosis

This brochure provides a general overview of the Affordable Healthcare Act as well as specific insights into key areas that will significantly impact the MS community.

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Cover of Aquatic Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for PatientsAquatic Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients

This publication provides a wealth of information for people living with MS who wish to incorporate swimming and aquatic exercise into their healthy lifestyle.

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Cover of Understanding and Treating MS RelapsesUnderstanding and Treating MS Relapses

This brochure provides a basic overview of MS relapses and treatment options.

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Cover of Mommy's StoryMommy’s Story: An introduction for younger children to learn about a parent’s MS

This addition to the MSAA family of publications encourages parents with multiple sclerosis to begin the conversation about the diagnosis and ongoing implications of MS with young children. This 16-page book is geared for children ages three to seven.

Cover of Daddy's StoryDaddy’s Story: An introduction for younger children to learn about a parent’s MS

This addition to the MSAA family of publications encourages parents with multiple sclerosis to begin the conversation about the diagnosis and ongoing implications of MS with young children. This 16-page book is geared for children ages three to seven.

Cover of Understanding and Treating Depression in Multiple SclerosisUnderstanding and Treating Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

This booklet will help increase one’s understanding of depression, and contains useful tips for coping with depression, a common symptom of MS that is often overlooked.

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Cover of The Confusing World of Clinical Trials: A Guide for Patients and FamiliesThe Confusing World of Clinical Trials: A Guide for Patients and Families

This booklet explains the clinical trial process as well as the types and phases of trials.

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Cover of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: What You Need to KnowPrimary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: What You Need to Know

Created as a joint project between the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, this is the first published book dedicated entirely to the Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) population.

Presently out of print. Please visit MSAA’s Lending Library to borrow a free copy.

Issues of The Motivator

Cover of The Motivator - Winter/Spring 2016Winter/Spring 2016: Making the Most of Our Relationships

From family and friends to employers and coworkers, the diagnosis of MS can impact how we interact and care for one another.

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Cover of The Motivator - Summer/Fall 2015Summer/Fall 2015: Wellness in MS

How good food choices, exercise, correct posture, and other lifestyle changes can have a positive influence on your overall health.

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Cover of The Motivator - Winter/Spring 2015Winter/Spring 2015: Cognitive Issues with MS: Research, Strategies, and Support

Study results and treatment strategies for this challenging symptom are presented.

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Cover of The Motivator - Summer/Fall 2014Summer/Fall 2014: Care Partners: The People Who Make a Difference in Our Lives

This article highlights the responsibilities, challenges, and rewards of caring for a loved one.

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The Motivator Winter/Spring 2014 Publication CoverWinter/Spring 2014: The Emotional and Psychological Symptoms of MS

Symptoms and treatments for depression, anxiety, and PBA are given, along with important information on how these symptoms affect roles and relationships, sexual function, and self image.

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Cover of The Motivator - Summer/Fall 2013Summer/Fall 2013: Managing the Physical Symptoms of MS

Topics include mobility, spasticity, tremor and balance, bladder and bowel, sexual dysfunction, speech and swallowing, and weakness.

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The Motivator Winter/Spring 2013 Publication CoverWinter/Spring 2013: The Hidden Symptoms of MS

Hard-to-see symptoms including pain, fatigue, sleep, cognition, and vision are examined in this article.

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Cover of The Motivator - Summer/Fall 2012Summer/Fall 2012: The Evolution of MS Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care

Seventeen experts in the MS field talk about the many developments leading to today’s protocol for caring for individuals with MS.

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The Motivator Winter/Spring 2012 Publication CoverWinter/Spring 2012: The Benefits of Physical and Social Activity

This article reveals the therapeutic value of exercise and friendship for members of the MS community.

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