Adulthood Epilepsy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Seizure symptoms in older adults aren’t that different from seizure symptoms in any other age group. But while it may seem strange for a 20-year-old to blank out for a few minutes and not remember what just happened, a senior might wave it off as fading memory or just getting older. As a result, this important seizure warning sign often goes unnoticed in older adults.

Other overlooked signs of seizure in older adults include:

  • Experiencing a feeling of foreignness or confusion in places the person knows well
  • Hearing voices, hallucinating, or seeing people who aren’t really there (maybe a loved one who has passed away)
  • Feeling or acting confused
  • Wandering
  • Temporary changes in behaviors, like running, undressing, screaming, or acting very afraid
  • Odd repetitive actions like chewing, mumbling, fussing over clothes, or even wildly moving arms and legs
  • Staring into space
  • Seeming unaware or out of it for a period of time
  • Temporary problems with language
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Mumbling to him- or herself

Some of these seizure symptoms may be confused with signs of mental illness or dementia.

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