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PACES in Epilepsy

What is PACES?

 

PACES in epilepsy is a free program specifically designed to help adults with epilepsy manage their active seizure conditions. The goal is to help you develop strategies for epilepsy self-management for a more fulfilled and independent lifestyle.

How does PACES work?

PACES in Epilepsy discusses topics relevant to epilepsy in each session to improve self-management. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions each about 60 minutes. Each session is conducted via phone conference led by an epilepsy professional and a peer with epilepsy. At each session, participants are encouraged to engage by taking notes, asking questions, and sharing personal experiences. Each week, participants set a personal goal for the following week to improve how they deal with the challenges of living well with epilepsy.

 


Interested in Joining?

 

What You’ll Learn

PACES provides a wide range of topics that are important to people with epilepsy:

  • Epilepsy and other medical issues
  • Stress and depression
  • Memory and cognition
  • Community participation on a budget
  • Managing care
  • Assertive communication
  • Improving well-being

 

What You’ll Receive

  • 8 weekly meetings led by an epilepsy professional and a peer with epilepsy
  • PACES participant session guide
  • Opportunity to discuss epilepsy topics of interest with peers

 

Make Sure You’re Eligible

  • Be 18 years or older and live with epilepsy
  • Have a cognitive age of 18 years or older
  • Have access to phone for weekly sessions

Contact Washington@efa.org or by phone at 206-487-5251.

A study conducted by the University of Washington Epilepsy Center/Health Promotion Research Center showed that the PACES program significantly improved quality of life, mood, epilepsy self-efficacy, and epilepsy self-management. PACES is an eight-session epilepsy self-management program developed with direct input from adults with epilepsy at the University of Washington Epilepsy Center/Health Promotion Research Center and subject to randomized control evaluation with funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).