The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia provides an extensive list of programs to those living with epilepsy. These programs are designed to help increase awareness for epilepsy, provide education in both schools and the workplace, seizure first aid, social activities, youth based programs and more. For more information about these programs, please follow the links.
A child spends approximately 1200 hours in school each year. It is vital that the faculty, staff and other students understand epilepsy and what to do in the instance a child has a seizure. The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia provides many programs to help promote seizure first aid, epilepsy awareness and epilepsy education within the schools.
As soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Vietnam conflict, studies are showing a significant connection between head injuries/traumatic brain injuries (TBI) sustained in combat and epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation has developed Operation Epilepsy Outreach to educate veterans about epilepsy and the resources available to them.
Most people think of seizure disorders as a medical problem that mostly strikes children. However, the demographic with the largest percentage of growth in having epilepsy are the elderly. It is the third leading neurological impairment in the elderly after Alzheimer's and stroke.
With Lundbeck's support, Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program provides participants with the opportunity to express your emotions about epilepsy that may be difficult to explain to others.
The Women & Epilepsy Initiative is a campaign to bring hope and help to women with epilepsy. The project is divided into initiatives to break down community and institutional barriers.
Being a teen is always difficult as it is an important transitional point in your life. Suddenly you are nearing adulthood and are faced with major decisions concerning the five D's…. drinking, dating, drugs, disclosure and depression. Recognizing the importance of this period in a teen with epilepsy's life, the Epilepsy Foundation has instituted the Take Charge of the Facts: Teens and Epilepsy program. This program is made possible by an educational grant from the CarMax Foundation, and it features a DVD, a moderator's guide and other materials designed where a group of teens can implement the program through their peers.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia recently formed its’ first Epilepsy Youth Council. Teens and young adults with epilepsy face some unique challenges and the Youth Council will serve as the voice for this generation. The following individuals have accepted this role, and will work to improve the quality of life for youth with seizure disorders through education and social activities.
Often the first medical responder to a seizure occurring in an educational environment is the school nurse. These nurses maintain confidential records on each student’s medical history and medication needs. It is very important to keep this information current so that they can provide the appropriate first aid for the child.