Posted on April 20, 2013
There are many things that are different for older people than younger people. Things such as a common cold or flu can be significantly harder to recover from as a senior citizen, and the same may be true for more significant conditions such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
6 Things You Should Know If You, or a Loved One, Suffer a TBI Later in Life
Recent research indicates that older people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may:
- Have poorer health than those who do not suffer this type of injury.
- Be more likely to receive medical attention for depression than those without brain injuries.
- Be more likely to have a gait disorder, suffer from a fall, or have other gross motor problems than those without brain injuries.
- Have a higher mortality rate in the first five years after a traumatic brain injury than people under the age of 55.
- Benefit from ongoing disease management model primary care to prevent premature death.
- Have shorter hospital stays and receive fewer rehabilitation hours than younger TBI patients.
Researchers concluded that more information is needed about traumatic brain injuries after age 65.
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