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Falls the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in older adults

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Slip & Fall Accidents

Falls pose a significant risk to the health and well-being of older adults, with traumatic brain injury emerging as a leading consequence. As individuals age, their risk of experiencing a fall increases due to factors such as declining vision, muscle weakness and balance issues.

Understanding the prevalence and consequences of TBIs resulting from falls is necessary for implementing prevention strategies and providing appropriate care and support for older adults.

The impact of falls on older adults

Per UCLA Health, falls are the primary cause of traumatic brain injuries in older adults. Also, about 80% of TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths stem from older adult falls. When an individual falls, his or her head may strike the ground or another object, leading to a TBI. The severity of the injury can range from mild concussions to more severe forms of brain damage. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to TBIs. This is due in part to age-related changes in brain structure and function, which may increase the risk of injury and complicate recovery.

The consequences of TBIs

TBIs can have severe consequences for older adults, affecting various aspects of their physical and cognitive health. Common symptoms of TBIs include headaches, dizziness, memory problems and difficulties with concentration and communication. In severe cases, TBIs can lead to long-term disabilities. These might include motor impairments, personality changes and increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. The impact of TBIs on older adults underscores the importance of fall prevention efforts. It also highlights the need for early intervention to minimize the risk of injury and maximize recovery outcomes.

By understanding the relationship between falls and TBIs, communities can implement proactive measures to reduce the risk of injury and promote the safety and well-being of older adult