Archived AES Symposia 2004
Epilepsy in the Elderly
Old Concepts and New Data
Program Length: 2 hrs 6 min
Epilepsy in the elderly population is a common yet relatively understudied condition. Management of epilepsy in the elderly patients can be a complex clinical challenge as this population is commonly burdened by comorbid disease states, polypharmacy, and adverse effects of anti-epileptic medications. However, if undertreated, patients will suffer from the dangerous consequences of seizures. It is important to understand the latest clinical data to successfully implement the most effective treatment practices for this population.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Review the importance of appropriate diagnosis of seizures in the elderly
- Describe current trends in the epidemiology of epilepsy in the elderly
- Discuess neurobehavioral and cognitive effects of anti-epileptic medications on the elderly patients
- Examine the impact of drug interactions and pharmacokinetic properties of anti-epileptic medications on the elderly epileptic patient
- Identify key issues and treatment strategies in the management of epilepsy in the elderly.
Neurologists and epileptologists
Chair: L. James Willmore, M.D.
Before (or After) the Fall: A Practical Rapid Approach
Joseph H. Flaherty, M.D.
- Diagnosis and Epidemiology
Mark C. Spitz, M.D.
Pharmacokinetics and Drug Interactions
James C. Cloyd, Pharm.D.
- Cognition and Behavior
John R. Gates, M.D.
- Epilepsy Treatment Strategies
A. James Rowan, M.D.
This program and its re-purposing on the AES Web site is supported by an educational grant from Abbott Laboratories.