Welcome to the Epilepsy Foundation Wellness Institute! In 2016, we first introduced the Institute at the Epilepsy Pipeline Community Conference Day to recognize the importance of a holistic approach to health for persons dealing with seizures and epilepsy — one that would support them to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Our Wellness Institute is growing! What started with four pillars or areas of wellness (healthy eating, fitness and exercise, art therapy, and emotional health) has evolved to include more aspects of daily life. All of these areas affect someone who lives with epilepsy and seizures - as well as their family, friends, caregivers, and other supporters. The graphic below shows these areas or “life dimensions” of wellness. They include:
- Emotional health and Art Therapy
- Diet and nutrition
- Physical activity
- Independent living
- Stress management
- Social relationships
- Education and employment
While each dimension of life can stand alone, they are all connected to each other. As one dimension improves or is challenged, so are the others.
Why is Wellness Important?
A 2016 Epilepsy Foundation community survey focusing on innovation research asked the following question, “Where should epilepsy researchers focus?” Over 1,000 survey participants ranked stopping seizures and improving quality of life as the top areas epilepsy researchers should tackle. This finding suggests that not only are the medical aspects of having seizures important, but the effect they have on daily living deserves just as much attention.
The Wellness Institute Mission
The Epilepsy Foundation’s Wellness Institute believes that everyone, including people with all types of epilepsy and associated conditions, deserves to live a full and productive life to the best of their abilities. By raising awareness about healthy behaviors, promoting evidence-based programs and activities, partnering with local and national organizations, and disseminating research, we hope to share with you practical and effective strategies to enhance your well-being and overall quality of life.
For People Living with Epilepsy:
The Wellness Institute has many helpful and easy-to-use tips and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and maximizing the quality of life for you and your family. Consider the Wellness Institute your stepping stone to improving your overall enjoyment and success.
The Wellness Institute provides tools and strategies to better assist your loved one and support you in your important role.
We ask that you share this information and encourage your patients to use these resources to improve their overall wellbeing.
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