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We extend an invitation to
Attend the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Society
Wednesday 5th June, 2013 11:00 am
Held in the Great Room at Ross Place, 2638 Ross Lane Victoria BC Canada
2. Reports & Motions
3. Our Supporters
4. Introduction to what is new....people, logo
Join us for a Casual Luncheon
It is important you RSVP 250 475 6677
April 2013 Newsletters Available
Our April 2013 editions of The Brain Wave and The Transmitter are online.
30th International Epilepsy Conference
This coming June 23rd to 27th, 2013, the 30th International Epilepsy Congress is happening in Montreal.
Check it out. We will see you there.
2013 Parkinson's World Congress
Next October the world will be arriving in Montreal to share knowledge and best practices on Parkinson's. It is hard to know when such an amazing event will take place in Canada again. We encourage our members to take advantage of this opportunity.
Peninsula Co-op Charity Golf Classic
This year, the 2013 Peninsula Co-op Charity Golf Tournament is being held on Thursday 20th June 2013 at Olympic View Golf Club. You can register NOW!
go to www.co-opgolf.com
WIN the Raffle this year! Cruise & Air Fare for 2
Get your tickets before June 20th.
The draw will be 1:30pm on June 20th 2013 at the Peninsula Co-op Charity Golf Classic. You do not have to be present to win.
Win return WestJet flights for 2 people to any scheduled WestJet destination AND enjoy a 5 day Cruise for 2 people (inside cabin) to either Baja Mexico, Bahamas, or Western Caribbean itineraries. Prize is valued at $4100.00 Restrictions, taxes, certificate fees apply. License #52904 (Players must be 19+ years to play. Problem Gambling Help Line 1-888-795-6111 *www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca "Know your limit, play within it.")
Purchase tickets: 5 for $20 or a single ticket for $5
Tickets are being sold at the Peninsula Co-op Food Centre at Keating Cross Rd, Saanichton and the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre in Victoria. 250 475 6677
Join the Purina Dog Guide Walk and support the Seizure Response Dogs program at the Lions Foundation of Canada!
On May 26, 2013 come out (with your dog) and walk along the ocean, starting at Ogden Point at 10:00 am to support this great program! Ted and Pat Mills and Ted's seizure response dog Yogi are seeking support- check out the website and consider sponsoring them.
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Epilepsy is a physical condition caused by sudden brief changes in the electrochemical activity of the brain. When brain cells are not working as they usually do, a person’s consciousness, movements or actions may be changed for a short time. These physical changes are called epileptic seizures.
Seizures are generally classified by whether they involve the entire brain (e.g. Generalized Tonic-Clonic seizures) or a portion of the brain (e.g. Complex partial or Temporal Lobe seizures). The location of the seizure in an individual’s brain will dictate what type of seizure a person will have.
Seizures can be the convulsive kind, or seizures may appear to be nothing more than mere staring, a movement of a part of the body, a sensation, or any combination thereof. In a complex partial seizure, the most common seizure type, a person may appear dazed and confused, mumble, smack their lips, turn their head, repeat gestures automatically, and walk randomly as their consciousness is temporarily impaired by excessive electrical activity in a part of their brain.
Prevalence: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, occurring in about 300,000 Canadians, or more than one percent of the population. Each year, one person in 2,000 is diagnosed with epilepsy. In greater Victoria, approximately 3500 people have epilepsy.
Age of Onset: Epilepsy most often develops in childhood: 55% of patients are diagnosed before the age of 10. Nevertheless, anyone can develop epilepsy at any age. Epilepsy is also increasingly seen in the elderly.
Causes: In the majority of cases, the exact cause is unknown. Among know causes are brain tumour, stroke, head injury, infectious diseases like meningitis, encephalitis, measles and others, brain injury during fetal development or delivery, and poisoning due to substance abuse or lead. Heredity, or a genetic factor, is assumed to be greater when no specific cause can be identified.
Treatment: Modern medical treatment can achieve full or partial control of seizures in about 80% of cases. Most people with epilepsy take medications to control their seizures.