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Traumatic Brain Injuries Are on the Rise in the 65-and-older Age Group

July 09, 2021

New studies are showing an increase in the number of traumatic brain injuries amongst people aged 65 and older. There are approximately 270,000 cases of traumatic brain injuries per year.  Fortunately, 90% of traumatic brain injuries are considered mild cases. 

The study discovered that the most prevalent cause of traumatic brain injury was falling.  At one time, auto accidents were the primary cause of traumatic brain injuries.  However, the study additionally discovered that there had been changes in traffic accidents. The largest group of traumatic brain injury victims in traffic accidents are no longer passengers in cars but bicyclists who aren't wearing helmets.

Elderly people sustain traumatic brain injuries quicker because seniors are more disposed to fall.  

Traumatic brain injury is defined as "damage to the skull, with or without a fracture, and is accompanied by damage to the brain."  The signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are very diverse.  The symptoms range from dizziness, amnesia, headache, lightheadedness, and impaired consciousness.  However, even minor skull injuries can cause swelling and bleeding. 

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