Adult day center workers are very familiar with common neurological disorders such as strokes and Alzheimer’s disease, but what about the nation’s fourth most common neurological disorder, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease–Epilepsy? A new report recently released by The Institute of Medicine, Epilepsy across the Spectrum.
An estimated 2.2 million Americans have epilepsy, with approximately 150,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. Approximately 1 in 16 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives, and the onset off epilepsy is highest in children and older adults. The IOM report recognizes epilepsy as a spectrum of disorders that involves more than 25 syndromes. In fact, seizures vary in frequency and severity, and exact a toll on quality of life that affects not only people living with epilepsy, but their families and surrounding communities. By acknowledging the complexity of the disorder and the extreme variances in its impact on people with epilepsy, we hope this will lead to a better outcome for all of the groups in the spectrum.
Access the full report at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/Epilepsy-Across-the-Spectrum.aspx.