It’s Purple Day! A global initiative that has nothing to do with Prince and everything to do about raising epilepsy awareness. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more personal accounts about about epilepsy but for today, in keeping with the theme, here are some fast facts we found on Epilepsy Action Australia’s website – and click on the Art for Epilepsy image to see an impressive online art auction.
- Anyone can be affected by seizures at any age, but epilepsy is most frequently diagnosed in early childhood, adolescence and people over 65 years of age.[i]
- Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide and affects people of all ages.[ii]
- Epilepsy is a condition of the brain, not a mental illness.
- Up to 3-3.5% of Australians will experience epilepsy at some point in their lives, which means approximately 860,000 people in Australia will be diagnosed with epilepsy over a lifetime. [iii]
- The number of people currently living with epilepsy in Australia is close to 250,000.
- An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy and 80% of them live in developing countries.
**Figures are based on Australian population in Feb 2017 of 24.6 million.