Local Office Spotlight: Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This month, the Epilepsy Foundation is proud to shine a light on the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois (EFGSI). EFGSI has trained and educated thousands of individuals using many of the national signature programs while meeting the needs of their community through local, state, and federal grant-funded services. 

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois holds Seizure First Aid Trianing
 

Some of the services and programs that have benefited their community include trainings on epilepsy and seizures for

A Top Notch Staff

Louis Beckley (Epilepsy Services Coordinator), Whitney Verdeyen (Epilepsy Educator), and Janet Shearer (Community Resources Facilitator) are all instrumental in coordinating, implementing, and educating the local epilepsy community in Southern Illinois, including family, friends, caregivers, teachers, first responders, and anyone across the spectrum of epilepsy.

Seniors and Seizures Training Program

EFGSI received a grant, funded through the Epilepsy Foundation’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to implement a Seniors & Seizures Training Program. This training aims to improve epilepsy knowledge among seniors and their caregivers.

Man points at chart during Seniors & Seizures training at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois
 

Over the past year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois has partnered with 13 senior service providers and has trained over 200 senior caregivers, nurses, and administrative personnel. Seniors in the greater southern Illinois community are also provided information through health fairs and other senior serving events.

Learn More About the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois provides other programs including

  • Epilepsy information and referral services
  • Intensive case management programs for those with seizure disorders
  • Medical liaison and transportation services with area neurologists and epileptologists
  • Pediatric Seizure Clinic
  • Intermittent and 24-hour residential services for those with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities
  • Social support groups
  • Camp Roehr

Thank you again to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois for their work in providing the Seniors & Seizures Training Program. We are happy to shine a spotlight on this local Epilepsy Foundation!

Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

 
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