Wednesday, August 29, 2007

In the News: Minneapolis Apartments Offer Independence

Jackie Jacoby moves slowly and deliberately through her apartment with the help of a walker, but because the doors are wide, the cabinets are low and the bathroom is large, she can live there independently.

Jacoby's new home, Kingsley Commons, was built specifically for people with multiple sclerosis. It's the first development of its kind in Minnesota and one of only three in the country.

"You don't know from one day to the next how the disease will affect you," said Jacoby, one of a few Kingsley Common residents who are still ambulatory.

Jacoby, 57, lives with her 23-year-old daughter Andrea, who has epilepsy, in one of the building's two-bedroom apartments. The symptoms of Jacoby's MS have been in remission since July, but she continues to deal with problems caused by previous flare-ups.

This is an excerpt from an August 20 article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Click here to read the entire story.

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