Multiple Sclerosis, Cognitive Dysfunction, and Daily Living
Aaron Turner answers the question, "Why be concerned about cognitive dysfunction?" Cognitive function is very related both to activities of daily living and quality of life. For example, work status and work performance is particularly important to people in their younger years. A study published in 2001 looked at individuals with MS over a period of 10 years. Only 10% of the people who did not report cognitive impairment said they stopped or modified their work at ten year follow-up. In contrast, 70% of cognitively impaired individuals stated they had to stop or modify their work. Also, cognitive impairment impacts social functioning.