Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There is no cure for ALS, which is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famous baseball player who had the disease. Someone living with ALS will have unique care needs that will evolve as the disease progresses.
ALS will cause changes in a person’s ability to eat, communicate, and exercise. Learn more about how to adapt care as the disease progresses in the person living with ALS. Care for someone living with ALS can require a great deal of patience and understanding.