AK Birnbaum, IE Leppik, K Svendsen, L Eberly. Neurology, 2017; 88: 751-757.
There are 30,000 seniors (65 and over) with epilepsy in the United States. It’s hard to identify and treat seizures in older persons because symptoms of seizures may be subtle or mistaken for other problems like lost time, confusion, or other cognitive or neurological problems.
About 1 in 7 Americans are considered seniors and that number will continue to rise.1 While the majority of seniors live in a non-institutionalized setting, 1.2 million seniors lived in nursing homes in 2015.1
To help define care needs for seniors, researchers examined the prevalence (how many people affected) of epilepsy, seizures, and other associated problems of seniors in nursing homes. The study also looked at the activity or cognitive status of seniors in nursing homes who live with epilepsy.