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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?

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?

The training takes approximately 75 minutes to complete.

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