General Brain Injury Information Resources

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9 Things NOT to Say to Someone With A Brain Injury

Brain injury is confusing to people who don’t have one. Here are a few things you might find yourself saying that are probably not helpful.

Are Your Medicines Increasing Your Risk of a Fall or Car Crash?

3 in 4 older adults take at least 1 medicine commonly linked to falls or car crashes. Older adults (65 years and older) are at a greater risk if they use any medicine with side effects that can cause problems with how they think and remember, and the way their bodies perform.

Brain Injury Basics Quick Guide

The brain can be hurt in many different ways: falls, sports, car accidents, assaults, strokes, and brain tumors are some of the most common types of injuries. Brain injuries can be either traumatic or non-traumatic, but can cause similar problems in a person’s life.

Brain Mapping Video

Brain maps show the inner workings of the brain and how it is able to transmit information. They can be used to study neurological disorders and inform better diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Checklist for Brain Injury Problems and Symptoms

This checklist is a tool to help people with brain injuries prepare for a visit with their doctor to help them better understand the problems that can occur after an injury.

Clinical Trial Research: What does it Offer?

Clinical trials are research studies in which people may volunteer to participate. The following information offers suggestions for searching for clinical trials and a listing of a sample of clinical trials currently recruiting volunteers.

Credible History Interview of a Person with Brain Injury for Families & Professionals

This interview form provides guiding questions about the history of a person with a brain injury. It can be used by family to collect information for a healthcare visit, or used by professionals to record important medical history of a person with BI.

Glossary of Brain Injury Terms

List of commonly used terms to help individuals and family members better understand brain-injury related terms.

How to Document a Brain Injury for Service Elegibility

Depending on the situation, it can be difficult to obtain medical documentation that a brain injury has occurred. When there are no medical records related to the injury that can be obtained, a structured in-depth interview can be utilized to establish a significant and credible history of TBI and document the impact most probably related to a TBI.

Severe TBI: What to Expect in the Trauma Center, Hospital, and Beyond

This fact sheet explains how a severe TBI affects the injured person, what to expect from a team of doctors and other health care professionals providing care, and how you can support this team and your loved one on his or her road to recovery.

Successful Aging of Individuals with Brain Injury

The following 10 rules are designed to promote successful aging in TBI survivors. They build upon the Alzheimer Association’s effort to potentially avoid Alzheimer’s disease.

Tips for Moving A Loved One to Virginia

Are you considering relocating an out-of-state older relative to Virginia? There are many things to consider and prepare for prior to a move, with added special considerations with older adults.

Traumatic Brain Injury Facts: TBI & Older Adults

Older adults are at a higher risk for TBI and have the highest rates of hospitalization after brain injury. It is important to know the facts about TBI to help protect yourself and loved ones.

Types, Roles, and Services of Professionals

There are many types of health care professionals who specialize in different things that can be helpful for people with brain injuries so it’s important to know who and what to look for when needing treatment.

Understanding TBI – Brain Injury Impact on Individuals’ Functioning

A brain injury may cause different problems, depending upon which parts of the brain were damaged most. There are three general types of problems that can happen after TBI: physical, cognitive and emotional/ behavioral problems.

Understanding TBI – What Happens During injury and Early Stages of Recovery

This fact sheet details what a brain injury is and what the first few days and weeks can be like after a TBI, depending on the severity of the injury.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Comic

This comic strip explains what a brain injury is and its effects, the rehab process, therapy, and strategies that people with a brain injury can use.

VCU Resilience & Adjustment Research Study

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are seeking adults with traumatic brain injuries to be part of a research study. We are evaluating the helpfulness of an outpatient rehabilitation program to help people adjust to having a brain injury.

What to Know When Assisting a Consumer with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify what issues are unique to consumers with TBI.