According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the most common neurological condition and can be diagnosed at any age. People in their later years are fast becoming one of the largest population groups as our population is generally living longer. However, with increasing age also comes an increased risk of developing epilepsy.
What this means is that almost a quarter of cases of new onset epilepsy are experienced by people in their later years. The incidence of any type of seizure increases substantially over the age of 60. People over 65 years of age have the highest incidence of seizures/epilepsy of any age.
To help to address this need the Epilepsy Foundation has developed a suite of resources which specifically caters for the aged care sector. The suite of resources includes information for older people living with epilepsy, their families, and friends as well as aged care workers and carers.
Please watch a video of Pat describing her life since being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 63 and for further resources, please visit Epilepsy Foundation here.
The Epilepsy Foundation uses evidence based practice to stop avoidable deaths, ensure children get a good education, help people get and keep their jobs and help people feel safe and connected. A good understanding of epilepsy is the key to achieving these outcomes. The Epilepsy Foundation believes no one should go it alone with epilepsy. For more information.