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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?

Start Online Course Here

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) at If this course is taken in-person through one of our local Epilepsy Foundation offices, the course instructor will communicate if course credits are available and will provide instructions on how to obtain credits. If the course is taken online through our learning management system, follow the instructions on the course page.

Course Contact Information

Statements & Policies


Seniors & Seizures: An Educational Program for Organizations Serving Older Adults
CDC Course No. RPWD 2923


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 (1.2) contact hours.


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


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 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (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 (2.0) CPH recertification credits for this program.


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, content experts, 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.

If CNE Joint Provider

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.

If CEU only, Joint Provider

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CEUs for this activity.

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

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.

Authored By: 
Epilepsy Foundation Programs Department
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
LaQueisa Haynes-Smith MS, MCHES
Thursday, December 12, 2019