Late Onset Epilepsy

In this video, Dr. Rani Sarkis an epilepsy specialist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital discusses the causes, risk factors, and treatments of new-onset epilepsy/seizures in older adults.

Epilepsy can start at any age, but it especially affects adults older than 50. Older adults with epilepsy have unique needs because they are more sensitive to medications and can have several other medical problems that need to be considered when addressing their disease.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital we take a comprehensive approach to late onset epilepsy to identify the causes of seizures and try to prevent any seizure related complications. We tailor treatments and testing based on the patient’s needs and the needs of their caregivers. We also focus on cognitive wellbeing, sleep hygiene, and mental health needs.

The program is run by Dr. Rani Sarkis.

Late Onset Epilepsy Research

Our research program is interested in addressing the following questions:

  • Why do seizures develop in older adults?
  • How do seizures and brainwave abnormalities affect memory?
  • How does sleep impact memory in patients with epilepsy
  • What is different about the brain structure and function of someone with epilepsy compared to someone who does not have epilepsy?

If interested in learning more about our research please email:

Online resources related to late onset epilepsy

Late Onset Epilepsy - Practical Neurology

Seizures and Epilepsy in the Elderly - Practical Neurology

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