Epilepsy Articles – February 2018

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles from around the web. “The stress of a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability in a child often causes problems in a family, particularly if each parent or adult caregiver attempts to deal with his or her own fears and frustrations related to the chronic health condition or disability alone and without support. In some

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Epilepsy and the elderly

Many of us can hope to live well into old age but, unfortunately, it is in our later years when we can possibly develop epilepsy for the first time. In the UK, it is estimated that at least 25% of people with epilepsy are over the age of 60 years, with a proportion of that age group living in nursing homes. We can only assume,

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“Leading the Way” Newsletter – December 2017

Christmas Newsletter December 2017 Goodness! We are at the end of another busy year and it only seems like yesterday that our year started out full of promise. This year has been really positive for Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust (EWCT) as we continue to ‘lead the way’ as the preferred epilepsy provider in the Waikato. That is not to say that our influence ends there,

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Taking your anti-epileptic medications

Anti-epileptic medications (AED) are given generally as the first treatment option for people diagnosed with epilepsy. They are preventative medications designed to calm the over-excited brain cells that cause seizures. Neurologists aim to stop seizures by choosing the best AED for a person based on age, seizure type, sex, side effects and optimum control. Their preference is always going to be monotherapy but, quite often,

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Living with the challenges of epilepsy

Epilepsy (regardless of severity) creates life challenges and impacts on a person’s quality of life Epilepsy is the most complex and serious neurological condition and it affects at least 1–2 % of our population. This equates to over 40,000 New Zealanders and about 70 million people globally, with at least 80 % living in developing regions of the world. Epilepsy is the fourth-most common neurological

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2017 – Annual General Meeting (AGM)

NOTICE OF 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust (EWCT) will be held at St Peter’s Cathedral Hall, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton, on Wednesday, 13 September 2017, commencing at 6.30 pm. AGENDA Welcome by chairperson Apologies Confirmation of minutes of the previous AGM held on 13 September 2016* Matters arising Patron, Hon. Tim

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“Leading the Way” Newsletter − July 2017

Welcome everyone, Writing newsletters is always an enjoyable experience because it enables us to reflect on where we have been, and what we can look forward to in the future. It is all wonderful news and we are thrilled by the ongoing support that we have in our community by our funders, our supporters and by you: our valued clients and friends. Thank you all

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Access Alliance: we seek your support

Dear supporter, Access Alliance: we seek your support The Access Alliance is a group of 12 active organisations that includes the Blind Foundation, a proud member of the Alliance, spanning the disability community. The Alliance began a nation-wide campaign to improve access and accessibility for people with disabilities in New Zealand. The central focus is to work towards the development of an “Accessibility for New

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