Community Education

Educating the community about epilepsy is a tremendous part of our responsibilities. It involves hosting benches, workshops, webinars, going in to schools, and more to teach people about epilepsy and how to help their friends and neighbours that are affected by seizures.

Accurate information for individuals with epilepsy and their families, education about the consequences of epilepsy, and skills development in self-management are essential components for helping individuals become better partners inpatient-centred care.

  • People with epilepsy and their families are often not educated about epilepsy's risks, including injury and mortality.
  • Parents of children with epilepsy need information about the disorder and available support resources.
  • Children and youth with epilepsy, as they get older, need increasing information about the disorder and its implications for their future.
  • Adults' information priorities relate to employment, driving, and management of stress; and women need information about hormonal influences on the disorder and the potential effects of seizure medications on pregnancy.
  • Older adults also may have specific information needs, given the likelihood they are taking medications for other chronic health conditions and have an increased risk of falls.