‘Senior Moment’ or Seizure?

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:30am
The Department of Neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine will present a free lecture on epilepsy, “New Onset Seizures in the Older Population: What you Should Know,” in Green Valley, Thursday, March 31, 11:30 a.m.  
 
Hemant Kudrimoti, MD, PhD, UA associate professor of neurology and epilepsy specialist, is the featured speaker. The lecture will be held in the Anza Room in Santa Rita Springs, Green Valley Recreation Facility, 921 W. Via Rio Fuerte. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
Seizures occur when there is a sudden, spontaneous burst of electrical activity in the brain. The probability of experiencing seizures increases for older adults. Among seniors, seizures can be so subtle they can be dismissed as “senior moments,” say event organizers. They may appear to be no more than momentary “spacing out” or inexplicable tiredness, but they may be a sign of epilepsy.
 
The UA Department of Neurology is conducting a study in Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties to determine how many seniors (65 years and older) experienced seizures for the first time, or have just been diagnosed with epilepsy in the past six months. The project also is interested in the impact of the seizure and/or diagnosis on the individual and his or her family, as well as the individual’s utilization of health-care services.
 
If you or anyone you know has had such an experience, please call (520) 626-1986 to find out if you are eligible for this study. This project is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and carried out by the Department of Neurology at the University of Arizona.