Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, is one of the leading causes of disability and death. Serious injury to the brain has become increasingly common today and has been labeled a silent epidemic. Older individuals in New Mexico and other states have a greater likelihood of suffering TBI, and they usually experience worse outcomes and, unfortunately, are more likely to die from their brain injuries when compared to younger adults.
A study was recently conducted regarding traumatic brain injury in older adults. It is considered the first study to examine risk factors associated with traumatic brain injury in older adults. The participants in the study were individuals 65 and older who did not have dementia and who had never suffered traumatic brain injuries.
Researchers looked at the study participants’ physical performance and cognitive function, as well as their abilities to perform activities of daily living, including dressing and bathing. According to the research, people who struggled to perform activities of daily living, suffered from depression or chronic diseases, or had vascular health conditions were more at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries. Researchers determined that it is necessary to facilitate prevention efforts for helping to address traumatic brain injury.
Serious injury to the brain can drastically impact a person’s ability to function independently, leading to a decrease in his or her quality of life. Sometimes traumatic brain injuries occur due to the negligence of another party, such as a failure to keep up a business property. In such a situation, the injured party has the right to file a personal injury claim in a New Mexico civil court against the reportedly at-fault party, seeking the reimbursement of damages stemming from the alleged injury-causing incident.
Source: sciencedaily.com, “Health problems may predict traumatic brain injuries in older adults“, April 19, 2016