LANDOVER, Maryland (May 4, 2005) -- The first of two free Epilepsy Empowerment Forums, hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Scottsdale campus of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Persons unable to attend can dial in toll-free or join an online presentation.
The goal of the forum is to help people with epilepsy gauge the effectiveness of their current treatment regimen, improve their treatment and quality of life by enhancing their communication with their health care team, and to provide new information about epilepsy treatment options.
One of the most common disorders of the nervous system, epilepsy affects people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. More than 2.7 million Americans are living with epilepsy, including 55,000 in Arizona alone. Every year, 200,000 Americans, develop seizures and epilepsy for the first time. The condition can develop at any time of life, especially in early childhood and old age.
At the forum, people with epilepsy, caregivers and medical professionals will meet before a live audience to discuss issues regarding treatment goals, quality of life and the roles and responsibilities of people with epilepsy. An audience question-and-answer period will follow the panel discussion.
Invited professional panelists include: Dr. Joseph Drazkowski, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic; Dr. David Labiner, University of Arizona, College of Medicine; and Dr. Joseph Sirven, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic. The program will be moderated by Merri Bennett, reporter from KVOA, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona.
"This will be an opportunity for people to meet others with the disorder and their family members, share experiences, and get answers from experts," said Eric Hargis, president and chief executive officer of the Epilepsy Foundation.
To attend the Forum, contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona toll-free at (888) 768-2690. To find out more about participating by phone or online, call (800) 332-1000 or visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
The next Epilepsy Empowerment Forum will be held in Chicago in the fall of 2005. Details will be posted on www.epilepsyfoundation.org later in the summer.
Source: Eurekalert & othersLast reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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