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Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults

As we get older, we become more at risk for health problems associated with aging, such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, or mobility issues.  A major health issue for older adults is that of traumatic brain injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals 75 years of age or older have the highest rates of TBI caused hospitalizations and death. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, and each year one in every three adults over 65 falls. Of course, it follows that older Americans should learn to protect themselves both from falls and the potential for resultant traumatic brain injuries.

Signs and symptoms of TBI

TBI is one of the hardest types of injuries to diagnose, because the signs and symptoms are not readily apparent. Some could appear immediately, while other can manifest days or even weeks after an injury. Sometimes the symptoms of TBI may be so subtle that other people do not notice them but you are aware that you do not feel 100 percent. Below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of of mild TBI include:

  • Dull persistent headache
  • Cognitive difficulties, such as remembering things, paying attention, organizing, or making decisions
  • Slowed thinking, speaking, acting, or reading
  • Feeling lethargic, unmotivated, or unenergetic
  • Sleeping longer than usual
  • Problems with balance, or feeling dizzy
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Blurry vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Changes in mood or behavior

 

If you have any of the above symptoms, the CDC recommends that you seek medical attention immediately. Depending on the severity of the injury, TBI can have long term complications, that may keep a person from performing daily functions or being able to live independently.

Contact a Fayette County brain injury lawyer for a free consultation

If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury and are suffering from complications, you may be entitled to money damages. Depending on the circumstances of your case, another person or party may be liable for your injuries, even if you were alone when the injury occurred. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Fayette County traumatic brain injury lawyer, call The Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 484-8900.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia