Webinar Series: Seizures and Epilepsy In Older Adults

Seizures and Epilepsy in Older Adults_OGTW

Announcing 2019 Webinars to be held October 30, November 6 and November 13

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Epilepsy affects more than 3.4 million individuals in the United States, including close to 1 million older adults (age 55+). The incidence of seizures and epilepsy increases in older adults. Each year, more than 50,000 new cases of epilepsy occur in people over age 60.

In 1 out of 2 older adults, the cause of epilepsy is unknown.

Webinars for Health Care Professionals

Providing accessible epilepsy training to a wide range of post-acute and long-term care professionals will increase the likelihood that seniors with epilepsy receive timely and appropriate care tailored to their specific health needs. Care that includes early identification of seizures, the appropriate management of seizures, and awareness of impact and risks which are present for older adults diagnosed with epilepsy.

 

The Epilepsy Foundation has created three online learning modules to train professionals caring for older adults with epilepsy. Please join us to learn about:

Seizure Identification and Epilepsy Basics

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Guest Speaker

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Alice Lam MD, PhD, is an epileptologist and clinical neurophysiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. Her translational research program focuses on the intersection between epilepsy and the neurodegenerative diseases. As a physician, she cares for patients in both the Epilepsy Clinic as well as the Memory Disorders Clinic at MGH.

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying seizures in older adults
  • Epidemiology of epilepsy
  • Evaluating epilepsy
  • Common seizure types
  • Signs and symptoms of seizures in older adults
  • Risk factors for developing epilepsy in older adults
  • Seizure First Aid

Epilepsy: Treatment Considerations in Older Adults

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Guest Speaker

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Michael Gruenthal MD, PhD, is an epileptologist who serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana. He is professor emeritus of neurology at Albany Medical College, where he was chair of neurology, director of the Neurosciences Institute and senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

Learning Objectives

  • Medical management of seizures in older adults
  • Drug dosing and metabolism
  • Common drug-to-drug interactions
  • Possible side effects of anti-seizure medications
  • Other treatment options
  • Seizure First Aid

Epilepsy: Impact and Risks in Older Adults

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Guest Speaker

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Lindsay Schommer MSN, APRN, is an epilepsy nurse practitioner and coordinator of the Epilepsy Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She is also an instructor in neurology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Learning Objectives

  • Physical and emotional impact of epilepsy and treatment of epilepsy
  • Risks of seizures and epilepsy in older adults
  • Independent living for older adults with epilepsy
  • Special considerations in nursing home patients
  • Caregiver stress
  • Seizure First Aid

Course Director and Moderator

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Elaine T. Kiriakopoulos MD, MSc, is an epileptologist; the director of health communications and engagement at the Epilepsy Foundation; and a clinical research associate at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Webinar series brought to you with support from Sunovion.

Course materials have been approved by the Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board.

Authored by: Epilepsy Foundation Health Communications on 10/2019
Reviewed by: Epilepsy Foundation Communications Team on 10/2019

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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