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Signs of Concussions in Seniors

Signs of Concussions in Seniors

Identifying Concussions in Elderly Adults

Every year, millions of adults over the age of 65 experience a slip and fall accident, with about 20% of these accidents resulting in serious injuries—like concussions. Unfortunately, less than half of these people tell their doctor about their injuries, increasing the risk for complications down the line.

Although concussions are fairly common, they're still brain injuries that should be taken seriously—especially for older adults. In light of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we’re here to share the telltale signs of this mild traumatic brain injury.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a milf traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by a bump, hit, or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull. This intense movement can lead to the brain bounding around or even twisting, which leads or chemical changes in the brain that can lead to cellular damage.

Signs & Symptoms

Observable Symptoms

Common observable symptoms of a concussion include:

  • The person is having trouble remembering events before or after injury.
  • The person appears confused and dazed.
  • They are having trouble following simple instructions.
  • They have a loss of coordination and move clumsily.
  • They are slow to respond to conversation.
  • They’ve lost consciousness.
  • Exhibiting mood and behavioral changes.

Experienced Symptoms

Commonly experienced symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Exerpeicning a headache or pressure in the skull.
  • Nausea with or without vomiting.
  • Having trouble with coordination and balance.
  • Sensitivity to light and noise.
  • Feeling foggy.
  • Concentration issues.

For many people, signs and symptoms of a concussion show up immediately following their injury. However, you may not know the extent of your injuries initially at the moment, making it important to continue to monitor your symptoms for a few days. If the symptoms continue to persist or worsen, be sure to seek immediate care as soon as possible.