Epilepsy at different ages

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Epilepsy is often more common amongst the elderly, and is often unrecognised or misdiagnosed. It becomes more common in the elderly primarily due to conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, brain tumours and an increased risk of falls causing head trauma.

When epilepsy affects younger children, it will have a severe impact on not only the child themselves but also their parents and siblings. There is a need to balance normal development with the special concerns of epilepsy and a good resource to look at for further information is The Epilepsy Foundation website. This provides informational materials, as well as a Freephone telephone number where teenagers can ask questions and get straight answers.