The Epilepsy Foundation’s Seniors & Seizures Training is designed to provide caregivers and staff of adult day care centers, senior centers, long-term facilities, nursing homes, and other senior-serving organizations with strategies to better recognize and respond to seizures among older adults.
Caring for a person with epilepsy requires knowledge on a variety of topics. For example, it is important that you know the type of seizure the person you are caring for has so that you are knowledgeable on the proper first aid for that seizure. It is also important that you understand the treatments they are receiving and are aware of the other treatment options.
Some people with epilepsy cannot drive, but there are other options for transportation. There are Public Transportation/Paratransit Services that may be able to assist in getting around.
Caring for a senior with epilepsy presents different situations than caring for a child. Our Seniors page will provide you with more information on the unique needs of a senior with epilepsy.
You are not alone
The pressure of caring for someone with epilepsy can seem overwhelming at times. From ensuring medications are taken everyday and on time, to administering first aid during a seizure, to attending doctor's appointments... the tasks of a caregiver can seem endless. It is important that caregivers do not neglect to take proper care of themselves. After all, you must be at your best to be able to care for another person.
Talking with other caregivers may help relieve the stress you might feel as a caregiver. Connect with other caregivers and loved ones of people with epilepsy in our Community Forums in Families and Friends.