ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Resources

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

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Support groups are a great resource for people to maintain control over their lives, to give and take the wisdom and experience that comes from living with a devastating illness.

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The ALS Association chapter is a multi-faceted grass-roots organization that carries out The ALS Association’s mission and strategic goals at the community level.

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Most services and resources are provided by St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center at no charge to the patient and family.

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These cornerstone educational materials were designed to inform and educate people about ALS in a comprehensive and easily understood format.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can connect you to resources and caseworkers who can help you address insurance questions and problems.

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The ALS Association is working everyday to support people with ALS and their families, including our heroes who have served in the military and who are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as those who have not served.

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Receiving a diagnosis of ALS is challenging and overwhelming. There is so much to know, a great deal to consider, and typically a host of questions.

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Thanks to the efforts of The ALS Association, key members of Congress, advocates and the Department of Veterans Affairs, ALS has been listed as a disease entitled to presumptive service connection.

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At the onset of ALS the symptoms may be so slight that they are frequently overlooked. With regard to the appearance of symptoms and the progression of the illness, the course of the disease may include the following:

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This link offers important information and forms that will help Veterans with ALS apply for veteran’s benefits, compensation and medical care.

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More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive, neuromuscular disease that is characterized by a degeneration of the motor neurons; the cells in the brain and spinal cord which control muscles. As the motor neurons die, the muscles weaken, affecting the ability to move, speak, swallow and  breathe. Through it all, the mind remains fully aware. As of today, there is no known cause or cure for ALS, although there are many promising research programs. Provided by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis of Michigan.

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