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Seniors & Seizures: A Training Program for Caregivers and Senior-Serving Organizations

Seniors and Seizures Training

CDC Course No. RPWD 2923

Epilepsy is not always the first possibility that comes to mind when an older adult has a seizure or related episode. Its clinical presentation can resemble other conditions that are common in the older population, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumors, brain surgery, serious infections, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, chronic alcoholism, toxic/metabolic disturbances, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia.

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.

Course modules include:

  • Seizure and Epilepsy Basics
  • Recognizing Seizures
  • Responding to Seizures
  • Impact of Epilepsy & Older Adults

By completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize 3 types of seizures that are most common in older adults
  • Identify 5 signs or symptoms of epilepsy in older adults
  • List 3 first aid steps to help older adults having a seizure
  • List 3 possible causes of epilepsy and seizures in older adults
  • Identify 3 ways epilepsy impacts the older adult population

How can I access this program?

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Questions & Answers

Who can take the course?

Anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy; however, the course is intended for senior serving organizations that want an introduction to seizure identification and first aid strategies. People who may benefit from the course include

  • Administrators
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Students
  • Social Workers
  • Case Workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Day Care Providers
  • Senior Caregivers

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. There are 4 required modules in the training. The training takes approximately 75 minutes to complete.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

You need access to a computer with reliable internet, and the browser you use must support JavaScript.

How do I get credit for taking the course?

Upon completing the course, you must complete the online posttest and evaluation. Refer to the Instructions for Course Credit below.

How long is the post-test?

The post-test consists of several multiple choice questions.

Instructions for Course Credits

Continuing Education for this course is only available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO). Please follow the instructions provided below. You must complete the online evaluation by One Month Following the Live Training to receive your Continuing Education or your certificate of completion.

To complete online evaluation:

  • After attending a conference, login or create a new account on TCEO at
  • Search for the conference you attended. The course number will be provided by the trainer of your session.
  • Scroll down and click on the title of the course.
  • Review the information on the Course Summary page and click Continue.
  • Enter in the Course Code (provided by the trainer) in the Course Access Code box and click Continue.
  • Choose the type of continuing education you would like to earn. You can select more than one.
  • Under Pending CE, complete the Evaluation for the session you attended and then complete the Post test.
  • Visit the Completed CE section of the My Activities page to download your certificate.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact:

Course Contact Information

Statements & Policies

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.25 contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. CDC provider number 98614.

CPH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credits for this program. CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance, please contact NBPHE at

Disclosure: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

  • CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.
  • Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

To receive continuing education (CE):

  1. Complete the activity
  2. Complete the Evaluation at
  3. Pass the posttest at 80% at

Fees: There are no fees for CE.

This program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under cooperative agreement number 1U58DP0026256-02-00, CFDA 93.850. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC.

Reviewed By: 
Patricia O. Shafer RN
Friday, August 3, 2018