As the song states this is “The most wonderful time of the year”, but there are still so many things that actually make it the most difficult time of the year. For someone who has epilepsy, maybe along with a mental health condition or maybe a parent who has a child newly diagnosed with epilepsy, the holidays are the farthest thing from your mind as you and/or your family may be struggling to deal with all that epilepsy has brought to your life and that of those who love you.
Here are the Epilepsy Association’s Top 3 Tips for Coping with the Holidays:
1. Take medication as normal. Holidays are busy times and it is easy to forget to take medication. Set an alarm for or find a creative way to remember to take medications.
2. Get enough sleep. Sleep is important in managing epilepsy. Keeping regular sleep patterns can assist in getting enough sleep despite all of the excitement and daily happenings.
3. Avoid alcohol. Drinking with medications can reduce the medications effectiveness which could increase the likelihood of a seizure.
The Epilepsy Association focuses on the strengths that each person has to empower them to make positive change in their lives and live more independently. If epilepsy affects you or your child, then the Epilepsy Association can help with the following programs:
- Adult Case Management Program- Case Management services for adults who have epilepsy as well as a mental health condition. A one on one service with a qualified case manager, who is trained in epilepsy and mental health, to assist with the barriers that these conditions present in a person’s daily life, such as; benefits and entitlements, advocacy, doctors’ appointments, epilepsy education, and mental health treatment interventions.
- Kids and Families Program- Support for the entire family where there is a child diagnosed with epilepsy. A needs assessment is completed for everyone in the family to ensure that all members are supported. The program provides connections to community resources to assist each individual within the family to cope with an epilepsy diagnosis.
- Adult Support Group- Support group that meets the second Wednesday of each month at Lake West Hospital to provide support to adults with epilepsy as well as support for other adults who support them.
- PIKES (Parents Inspiring Kids with Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders) Parent Support Group- A support group for parents of children with epilepsy. Parents come together to meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Parma Library to provide support to each other as they work through the challenges of having a child with epilepsy.However you choose to spend the holidays this year the Epilepsy Association hopes that you have a wonderful and safe season!
Medicaid is accepted and a sliding fee is available.
Holiday closings: December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, and January 1st and 2nd.
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The Epilepsy Association is a non- profit organization serving individuals with epilepsy in Northeast Ohio
Lacey is the Epilepsy Association Director of Community Programming