March 25, 2016
March 26 is Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness! In support of this day, CDC’s Epilepsy Program has created new online resources, including a feature on epilepsy in older adults, updates to our funding opportunity announcement (FOA), information on trainings, and recent publications.
Did you know that epilepsy is more likely to develop in older adults compared to younger adults? Seizures can be hard to recognize in older adults, and many go unnoticed. Learn:
CDC released a new, non-research funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in December 2015 to fund programs, services, and activities that improve health and quality of life for people with epilepsy. Applications are due April 7, 2016.
The website is updated regularly with questions and answers about the FOA.
The Program for Active Consumer Engagement in Self-Management (PACES) is an evidence-based program developed by the University of Washington Prevention Research Center, with funding from the CDC Epilepsy Program. PACES improves self-management skills and addresses mental health problems in adults with epilepsy.
PEARLS is an evidence-based program designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life among adults with epilepsy. It is conducted in a client’s home to eliminate barriers to care. PEARLS uses behavior change techniques and a team-based approach. Training is available to become a PEARLS counselor or program administrator. Learn more about addressing depression and implementing the CDC-supported PEARLS Program in your community.
Check out new publications from the CDC Epilepsy Program and our funded partners.
In Case You Missed It: Epilepsy and Smoking
If you have epilepsy and smoke, you are increasing your chances for other serious health problems. Learn steps that can help you quit smoking in this feature on epilepsy and smoking, released in February.