It is very important that the cause of your seizures is properly investigated, as this will help determine the appropriate management and support you may need.

Approximately one-third of seizures in older adults will have no known causes.  However, where a cause is identified, some common conditions associated with epilepsy and seizures in the later years include:

Stroke:  This is one of the greatest contributors to an epilepsy diagnosis in later years.  Epilepsy can arise from damage caused to brain tissue as a result of the stroke.  This may disrupt the normal functioning of the brain, resulting in seizures.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI):  Similar to a stroke, damage to brain tissue, or the scar tissue following an ABI may predispose someone to developing epilepsy.  ABI is an umbrella term that refers to injury to the brain following a range of events, including stroke, lack of oxygen to the brain and degenerative neurological conditions.  A brain injury that arises following an accident or blow to the head is termed a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 

Tumours:  Tumours in the brain can disrupt normal electrical and chemical functions, resulting in seizures.

Degenerative conditions:  This typically refers to dementia conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, which affect brain tissue and functioning.

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