San Antonio (March 31, 2005) – Fact: Epilepsy and seizures affect 2.5 million Americans of all ages at an estimated annual cost of $12.5 billion. Fact: Approximately 181,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occur each year. Fact: Ten percent of the American population will experience a seizure at some point in life. Fact: 315,000 schoolchildren through age 14 have epilepsy. Fact: 600,000 persons over the age of 65 have epilepsy.
Fact: There is hope for people with epilepsy and for their families.
That hope will be outlined during a daylong conference this Saturday, April 2, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which is co-sponsoring the “2005 A Day of HOPE Conference – Helping People with Epilepsy” with the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas. To register, please call the Foundation at (210) 653-5353 or toll-free 1-888-606-5353 or fill out the online registration form available with complete conference information atwww.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/efcst/hopeconference.cfm.
Seating is limited, so please call as soon as possible Thursday or by noon Friday, April 1, to allow the Foundation to have a headcount of attendees.
The conference also will serve as a valuable resource for physicians, nurses, teachers, social workers and counselors. Registration is $10 for people with epilepsy, their family and friends, and slightly more for professionals. See the conference Web page for more information.
This conference is an accredited continuing medical and continuing nursing education activity.
Source of statistics: www.epilepsyfoundation.org/answerplace/statistics.cfm