Epilepsy and memory
More than half of people with seizures experience memory problems and feel that seizures interfere with memory.
Epilepsy self-management does not mean that people manage their health alone. Self-management requires an active partnership between a person with epilepsy, their family or friends, and their health care provider. Each person plays an important role.
Epilepsy self-management encompasses three broad areas:
- Treatment management: Managing medication schedules, keeping clinic appointments, and communicating with health care professionals
- Seizure management: Recognizing and avoiding seizure triggers whenever possible, and keeping track of seizures
- Lifestyle management: Getting adequate sleep, reducing stress, and maintaining social support networks
Self-management programs have been developed to address a broad range of topics in epilepsy, including mental health conditions, memory problems, and general disease management.
Other resources that can help you understand epilepsy and achieve self-management include:
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality QuestionBuilder App
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epilepsy information
- CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRCs)
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network
- MEW Network booklet (PDF)
I did a one-month follow-up call with a participant and he said, ‘You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, this program has changed my life.’ This is all the motivation we need to continue the program!Cognitive Coach