Oct. 27, 2014 – There are frequent warnings to senior citizens about the risk of falling. It has long been recognized as a high risk for serious bodily injury to aging bodies. Researchers have now found that one of the consequences of falling – traumatic brain injury (TIB) – is associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to their report published online by JAMA Neurology.
A moderate to severe TIB is associated with an increase in dementia risk for adults 55 years of age and older, they report. But, for senior citizens – age 65 and older – it only takes a mild TBI to make dementia look more likely.