WAYNE COUNTY - Mary Loughlin, Northeast Region Resource Coordinator, Epilepsy Foundation was the PrimeTime Health guest speaker at the Wayne County Senior Centers in January.

Her program started with Epilepsy Bingo followed by a brief informational talk about Epilepsy.

Epilepsy can begin at any age, but you are more likely to develop epilepsy when you are young or in later life.

Around one in every four people who are newly diagnosed with epilepsy is over the age of 65.

Many of the issues that affect people with epilepsy can be the same for anyone, no matter what their age.

However, if you are diagnosed with epilepsy in later life, there are some issues that may be of particular interest to you.

For example, safety, bone health, driving and memory.

Between 45,000 and 50,000 new cases occur in people aged 60 and above each year.

The incidence in people 65 and above exceeds that of any other age group including children.

Since there is a progressive increase in incidence with age, those 75 years and older (the fastest growing segment of the elderly population) are most at risk of seizures in later life.

Seizure symptoms in older people are most likely to affect just part of the brain and have subtle symptoms.

People who are otherwise alert and aware may have behavior episodes easily mistaken for signs of aging.

Examples of some of these repeated or recurring episodes are: Suspended awareness, Hearing’ things, Briefly distorted vision, Confusion, Brief loss of speech, Confused speech, Lost time, Momentary ‘blackouts,' Facial twitching, Wandering in total unawareness and Sudden anxiety.

For more valuable information please visit http://www.efepa.org/.