Archived AES Symposia 2006
Professionals in Epilepsy Care Symposium #1: Epilepsy and the Older Adult - Mid-life and Beyond
Program Length: 2 hrs 6 min
In a case study format, we will present three cases of adults ranging from age 50 to 80 with comorbid medical conditions. We will discuss seizure presentation with a strong emphasis on medication interactions and problems in diagnosis. We will also discuss how epilepsy impacts the lifestyle of the older adult.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Given an adult with symptoms suggestive of epilepsy, differentiate the presentation of epilepsy in older adults to younger adults using the patient's history, the physical and neurologic examinations, the EEG, and other special diagnostic tests
- Given an older adult with epilepsy, evaluate the need for individualized use of antiepileptic drugs using pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes that occur in older adults
- Given an older adult with epilepsy, discuss the complications of side effects and drug interaction using the clinical pharmacology (mechanism of action, side effects, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions) of the individual antiepileptic drugs.
Nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and other allied health professionals.
Co-chairs: Kathryn A. O’Hara, RN and Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D., CRC
Difficulty in Diagnosis and Treatment
R. Eugene Ramsay, M.D.
Drug-to-Drug Interactions: Starting and Stopping Medications
Sunita Dergalust, Pharm.D., BCPS
Three Case Presentations
Patricia Schaefer, RN, Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D., CRC and Tess L. Sierzant, RN, M.S.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed with regard to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the faculty and are not endorsed by the American Epilepsy Society or any manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.