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.
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.