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Community Based Education

These educational programs are catered to specific demographics and provide proper information related to seizure recognition and first aid, as well as help alleviate the stigma and misconceptions surrounding epilepsy. For more information, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org.

Seizure Recognition and First Aid

This free educational program is designed to inform the general public about epilepsy and seizure disorders. Professional educators will cover seizure recognition and first aid, seizures and safety, epilepsy treatment, and how to assist someone having a seizures. This training takes about an hour and includes a power point presentation and short video. For more information, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org.

Law Enforcement Training Guide

This program can be provided face-to-face or online. The law enforcement course, about 45 minutes in length, aims to train law enforcement on seizure recognition, correct response to seizures, and awareness of the unique needs of people with epilepsy who might be taken into police custody. Users who complete the online version of the course are eligible to receive a certificate of successful completion at the end.

Click here to request an in-person training date, or contact Ayesha Akhtar at aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org

Click here to take the FREE online training

Emergency Medical Service Provider Training

This program can be provided face-to-face or online. The emergency medical service training, about 45 minutes in length, aims to train EMT’s on seizure recognition, correct response to seizures, and awareness of the unique needs of people with epilepsy who might need to be taken to the hospital. Users who complete this course are eligible to receive a certificate of successful completion at the end (for the online course only).

The programs are also provided face-to-face for a live program. Click here to request a training date, or contact Ayesha Akhtar at aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org.

Click here to take the FREE online training

Seniors and Seizures

Seniors & Seizures Training Program

About 300,000 older adults in the U.S. have epilepsy. Epilepsy is more common among older adults than it is in any other age group, including infants. Many times, older people or their caregivers think they’re experiencing a symptom of another medical condition, or that they’re having side effects from medication, when what’s really happening is a seizure. Without training, seniors and those who care for them might not recognize a seizure, attributing it instead to a ‘senior’ moment.

In the recently released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding, the IOM Committee provided recommendations on priorities in public health, health care, and human services, and health literacy and public awareness for the epilepsies. Per the report:

The incidence of epilepsy is highest in children and older adults. Due to the aging of the population and increase in life expectancy, the number of older adults who develop or have epilepsy will increase. Some of the increase will be from known causes such as stroke, dementia, and TBI, which is often due to falls. Older adults with epilepsy may experience greater disability because of deterioration in health due to advanced age, co-morbid conditions, and the greater likelihood of side effects from seizure medications.”

The Epilepsy Foundation has designed a training program for senior-serving organizations that address these issues with the following objectives:

  • Introduction to epilepsy, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
  • Intake and assessment of Seniors with Epilepsy
  • Clinical and psycho-social issues in Adult Day Programs
  • Sample checklist, Observation log and an Intake questionnaire
  • Resources on Epilepsy in Senior

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Please contact Ayesha Akhtar at aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org for more information.

Consumer Conference

The 10th Annual Consumer Conference on Epilepsy and Treatment will take place on November 16th, 2019 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in downtown Chicago. This is a free one-day event for individuals with epilepsy and their families to learn about the latest issues facing the epilepsy community.

For more information and to register, click here.