Epilepsy Foundation Announces New Online Certification Training for Seizure Recognition and Response

Launch of the new “Seniors and Seizures” online training program designed to provide better care for the older adult population
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Landover, MD – Epilepsy Foundation, the nation’s leader in epilepsy and seizure information and engagement, announces the launch of their new “Seniors and Seizures” online training program designed to provide better care for the older adult population. The program is fully accredited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Each year, close to 50,000 new cases of epilepsy occur in people age 60 and above. The online training program will equip healthcare providers and caregivers of seniors, with expertise on seizure recognition and response. The two-hour training can be taken at the convenience of anyone’s schedule and upon successful completion, each participant will receive the following:

  • Toolkit to help identify, recognize, and respond to the different types of seizures

  • 1.0 CEU (Continuing Education Units) Unit Certification

    • any type of continuing education credit attained outside of a school setting

  • .1 CNE (Continuing Nursing Education units) Unit Certification

    • a CEU that is specifically for nurses

“We are very excited to launch our new online certification training that will focus on improving the lives of senior citizens with epilepsy,” said Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. “This is a necessary tool for healthcare providers and caregivers when it comes to administering best practices for seizure recognition and seizure management. Seniors represent a fast growing new onset epilepsy population in the US, therefore it is imperative that we strive to make sure that they are living their life to their fullest potential.”

The “Seniors and Seizures” program is designed to address the rising incidence of epilepsy in older adults and help caregivers and staff learn how to identify when an older adult is having a seizure and not just a “senior moment.”

To access the online training please visit: Learn.Epilepsy.com

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About Epilepsy

When a person has two unprovoked seizures or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more, they are considered to have epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 3 million people in the U.S. and 65 million worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, 4 out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.

About the Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 local organizations throughout the U.S., has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. 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. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit epilepsy.com.

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