Epilepsy is a condition that can occur at any age, in any gender, and people of any race. However, it is most likely to occur in young people and in older people, which means that seniors are one of the populations at risk for developing epilepsy. It might be a condition you’ve never thought of happening to your aging family member, but if someone you care about has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy, it’s important to learn as much as possible about the disease.
Epilepsy is a condition in which a person has seizures that happen more than once. A seizure happens when the normal electrical activity in the brain is disturbed. The disturbance usually causes noticeable symptoms, such as:
- Uncontrolled, jerking movements.
- Losing consciousness.
- Staring into space.
- Feelings of déjà vu, fear, or anxiety.
Usually a seizure lasts just a few seconds or a few minutes, then stops with no intervention. Symptoms are different depending on the type of seizure a person has. Typically, a person will have the same kind of seizure each time.
Sometimes people have just one seizure as a result of a fever or injury, but that does not mean that they have epilepsy. To be diagnosed with epilepsy, seizures must recur.
Causes of Epilepsy.
About half of all people who are diagnosed with epilepsy have no identified cause. The other half have epilepsy related to one of the following factors:
- Genes: Some people have a genetic makeup that is linked to epilepsy. In these cases, epilepsy may run in the family. However, doctors believe that while genes may predispose someone to epilepsy, there are still other factors involved.
- Head Injury: An injury to the head, such as that sustained in a car accident, can result in epilepsy.
- Stroke: Stroke is the number one cause of epilepsy in people who are older than 35.
- Certain Diseases: Some infectious diseases, like AIDS or meningitis, can lead to epilepsy.
One of the risk factors that has been associated with epilepsy is dementia. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say that older adults with dementia are at a higher risk for developing epilepsy.
Senior Care Can Help.
If an older adult family member has epilepsy, a senior care provider can assist by keeping the individual safe when family members cannot be there. The senior care provider can remind your loved one to take prescribed medications. They can also monitor seizures to ensure the person is not injured and call for emergency assistance if needed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional senior care in Homewood, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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