Seizure First Aid

Handling any type of seizure involves one simple principle: to protect the person from harm until full awareness returns.


Handling Convulsions in an Older Person

Responding to Confusion in an Older Person

Confusion may occur during a complex partial seizure or during the recovery period after other types of seizures.

In either case, the same basic rules apply:

Warning Signals

Most seizures, even in elderly people with other health problems, end naturally without any special treatment. Although emergency medical assistance should be obtained when someone has a first seizure, subsequent seizures usually do not require special treatment.

However, it is always possible for more serious problems to develop. Here are a few ways to spot them:

If an older person with a seizure disorder who does not have a mental impairment seems to slip in and out of a confused or agitated state with few intervals of normal awareness, you may be seeing another kind of continuous seizure activity. This, too, should be evaluated at a hospital.

Special Circumstances

If you are living with an older person with seizures who has other medical problems, check with the doctor about how he or she wants you to respond when a seizure happens.

Find out whether the doctor wants to be notified every time or just in certain circumstances.

Ask whether or when you should call an ambulance; and if there are any special warning signals that you should be on the lookout for.



1. Convulsions

2. Non-convulsions

3. Special Situations

4. Head Injury

5. Baby Sitters

6. Prolonged Seizures

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