Link to


Advanced Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Brain
Alzheimer's Care
Alzheimer's Caregivers Guide
Alzheimer's Cure
Alzheimer's Support Groups
Antioxidants and Alzheimer's
Controlling Your Diet
Diabetes and Alzheimer's
Driving Abilities
Exercising with Alzheimer's
Genetics and Alzheimer's
Nitrates and Alzheimer's
Preventing Alzheimer's
Questions to ask the Physician
Seizures and Alzheimer's
Stages Of Alzheimer's
Taking Medications
There's Still A Person In There

Important Links

Promote your product

Adult Day Care

Age friendly products

Care Facilities

Free medicine from Pfizer


Alzheimer's and Seizures

Having Alzheimer’s disease not only places you at risk for memory loss, it can also place you at risk of developing a seizure disorder.The connection between Alzheimer's and seizures provides additional avenues for research into the basic biology of both diseases, and possibly interventions and therapies to respond to the overall impact of Alzheimer's disease. The most common types of seizures seen in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease include Complex partial seizures and generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

Complex Partial Seizures

All seizures are caused by abnormal electrical disturbances in the brain. Complex partial seizures occur when this electrical activity remains in a limited area of the brain. Complex partial seizures might arise from any lobe of the brain. Patients with complex partial seizures will have abnormal consciousness and may or may not remember any or all of the symptoms or events surrounding the seizure. While this type of seizure does not appear to be very common, apparently some alzheimer's patients do experience them.

Unlike the severe convulsions of a grand mal seizure, partial complex seizures are characterized by symptoms as subtle as incoherence or odd arm, leg or mouth movements. Some may stagger or wander about aimlessly. They can also cause staring and non purposeful movements, such as repeated hand rubbing, lip smacking, vocalization or swallowing.

Generalized Tonic-clonic Seizures

When seizures seem to involve all of the brain, the seizures are called generalized. Generalized tonic-clonic which is also called a Grand Mal Seizure. The most intense of all types of seizures, these are characterized by a loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and sometimes tongue biting or loss of bladder control.

This seizure is divided into two phases, the tonic phase and the clonic phase. The tonic phase is usually the shortest part of the seizure, usually lasting only a few seconds. The person may also express vocalizations like a loud moan during the tonic stage, due to air forcefully expelled from the lungs. The clonic phase may range from exaggerated twitches of the limbs to violent shaking or vibrating of the stiffened extremities. The person may roll and stretch as the seizure spreads. The eyes typically roll back or close and the tongue often suffers bruising sustained by strong jaw contractions. Incontinence is seen in some cases.


Seizures occur when there's a sudden change in the normal way your brain cells communicate through electrical signals. During a seizure, some brain cells send abnormal signals, which stop other cells from working properly. This abnormality may cause temporary changes in sensation, behavior, movement or consciousness. Signs and symptoms may vary depending on the type of seizure.

We'll teach you how to #LiveTo100!

Join our newsletter!

Accessibility Policy| Terms Of Use| Privacy Policy| Advertise with Us| Contact Us| Newsletter

RSS| Sitemap| Careers

Mamas Health Inc. does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and use of this website constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Use.

©2000 - 2017 MamasHealth, Inc.™. All rights reserved