Falls and Concussion in Older Adults
Facts about Falls and the Elderly
- Falls are the number one cause of Traumatic Brain Injury in people age 75 years and older.
- TBI has a greater impact and causes more severe symptoms in older adults.
- Older adults are less likely to report concussion symptoms due to fear and stigma.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent.
Prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines (OTC), dietary supplements, and even some herbal products can cause side effects that increase your risk of a fall or motor vehicle crash.
Over the past 30 years, research has linked moderate and severe traumatic brain injury to a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or another dementia years after the original head injury.
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