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Support group educates drivers with epilepsy


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The Renown Institute for Neurosciences will be hosting Tom Jacobs, public relations officer for the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety (DMV), at the next Epilepsy Support Group on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6-7 p.m. Support groups take place at the Renown Institute for Neurosciences medical offices at 10085 Double R Blvd., suite 325.

Jacobs will be covering epilepsy and the rules of driving in accordance to the DMV. His presentation to the group came at the request of support group members in order to learn the laws that surround epilepsy and driving in the State of Nevada.

“We are grateful Tom has agreed to attend this meeting and speak about safety behind the wheel,” said Lisa Jonkey, RN, BSN epilepsy support group facilitator. “Whether they themselves are suffering from seizures or they are the loved one of someone living with epilepsy, it’s important this group better understand the laws around driving.”

People are encouraged to attend the support group regularly and bring topics they may want to hear about and discuss in future group meetings. Support groups are a helpful outlet for people dealing with epilepsy as they provide a safe environment of peer support, shared experiences and information. These groups provide a space where people confide in others going through similar situations. Others benefit simply by knowing they are not alone.

Renown Institute for Neuroscience’s Epilepsy Center offers the latest diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. These comprehensive services feature the area’s only dedicated epileptologist along with advanced video EEG testing by skilled, registered technicians. EEG testing is a safe, painless procedure to determine whether there are any irregularities in the brain’s electrical activity that may produce seizures and, based on results, aid in the plan for treatment.

The goal of epilepsy treatment is to prevent seizures and make it possible for patients to lead typical, active lives. To find out more about the Epilepsy Support Group or to RSVP please contact Lisa Jonkey, RN, BSN at 775-982-7354.

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