18. TBI and Older Age

Amanda McIntyre, MSc, Robert Teasell, MD FRCPC, JoAnne Aubut, BA

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death in the elderly and often has devastating long-term effects (Frankel et al. 2006). Not only does traumatic brain injury have consequences for the individual, but also for the public health system and caregivers. Clinical research has demonstrated that TBI can seriously hinder physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning, regardless of whether the head injury was mild, moderate or severe (US Department of Health and Human Services 1998).


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