Seniors & Seizures
--- the fastest growing population
As many as 300,000 Americans over the age of
sixty-five have epilepsy. Having epilepsy means that they are susceptible to
seizures - temporary changes in awareness, movement, sensation, or behavior
caused by a sudden electrical disturbance in the brain.
The nature of epilepsy and its treatment are the same whether a person is 6 or
65. However, some special challenges arise when epilepsy affects older people.
One is recognizing that unusual sensations or behavior may be caused by a
seizure. The second is responding to seizures of any kind in a way that
protects the older person from injury.
Is it a seizure?
• Blank staring
with no response
A sudden change of
mood Sudden feelings of fear or anger or anxiety
appearing to be in a trance
Complaints of feeling
strange or hearing odd noises that nobody else can hear
Periods of confusion
that begin and end suddenly
Brief inability to
Lost time, gaps in
Click here for more information about seniors & seizures from the national
"Seniors and Seizures" Training Available
The Seniors and Seizures program is for seniors, caregivers and those
who work and care for those with seizures over the age of 60. This is a one hour
training that provides the participants the opportunity to: understand how to
identify seizures, to respond to a seizure, be aware of what NOT to do during a
seizure, recognize when a seizure is an emergency and dispel the myths and
misconceptions surrounding epilepsy.
To schedule a "Seniors and Seizures" Training, please call