Traumatic Brain Injuries in Seniors

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Brain injuries are often overlooked in seniors. A fall can sometimes create injuries such as a broken hip, but if you hit your head during the fall, that too can be a serious injury. Signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury are often overlooked in senior citizens and misidentified as “confusion”, frustration or just "old age".

Every year, 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 65 experience a fall. Over 85% of traumatic brain injuries in adults over the age of 65 are caused by falls. People who have fallen once are likely to fall again.

If you are on a medication called a "blood thinner" it is very important to be seen by a doctor if you fall and hit your head, as this type of medication can make bleeding in the brain worse.

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Seniors can take precautions by fall-proofing their homes. Examples of fall-proofing include moving clutter and moving cords. Learning how to balance before taking a step can help avoid a sudden fall.

Download our Preventing Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury brochure to help and educate a loved one on how to prevent falls and stay independent. To find more resources for avoiding falls for seniors visit our trauma prevention page or the Minnesota Falls Prevention website.