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
- 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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