The elderly, being susceptible to disease, are more likely to be attacked by seizures disorders with serious conditions as young children. And the annually increasing population of the elderly group has made up a large proportion of people who suffer seizures terribly.
The most common seizures occur in older people are simple partial, complex partial, and secondarily generalized tonic clonic. As typical high-risk patients, people who are above 65 years old can be difficult to be recognized if they are experiencing seizures in early stage. For one thing, memory loss with decreased ability to think is common among them, which add considerable difficulty to judge if they are conflicted by seizures or other diseases. For another, high incidence of dementia in the old make it success rate to obtain a clear true history of the seizure-like event from what they describe go into almost zero percent. Most importantly, symptoms of seizures are usually not strong enough to attract others’ attention except that of some training people or clinicians. Therefore, it is a must for all of us to learn more about this terrible disease.
Quite a few of the old people who suffer seizures do have some signs in the earlier stage, such as aura, a distinctive sensation or visual disturbance. In other words, if the old people realize that they begin to smell or taste in a different way they did in the past, then they have to be cautious because these physical condition changes can become obvious indications to the existence of an epileptic episode. Besides, some of them have a nervous feeling in their stomach. So it is suggested that if the above mentioned symptoms occur to the old in a family, other family member should be concerned with them and take them to the doctor if necessary. In fact, a large part of patients will sense a seizure is about to break out in their body because the feeling is so intense and strong.
Nearly all seizures occur just for a short while, a few seconds or a few minutes, after which people may ache in their heads as well as their muscles. Their sensations will still not function properly and it is more likely that they will loss their train of thought accompanied and feel extremely tired though they have done nothing heavy. The postical state of seizure can exert terrible effects on the body for very long time, which will give a patient a pathological look.
Cerebrum can be divided into several parts and each part manages different behaviors, including tasting controlled by insula, seeing controlled by occipital lobe, speaking and convulsion, which will occur if a large part of the brain are affected. When the certain part is damaged, patient will loss the ability to taste, speak, see, etc. Apart from these symptoms, some old patients go numb easily accompanied with tingling in their body. They can loss consciousness and fail to give a response to the surroundings.