Brain injuries are fall-related damage to the brain through impact to the head or penetration of sharp objects. National Brain Injury Awareness Month raises awareness of the significant cause of brain injuries and eliminates the stigma for those with brain injuries.
There are two types of brain injuries; Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) are associated with pressure on the brain. It could come from tumors or neurological illnesses caused by strokes. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are caused by external forces, such as a hard impact to the head causes the brain to move inside the skull.
Brain injuries are an issue that affects older people, as they have a higher chance of fall-related injuries. Learning the signs of a head injury and when to seek medical attention can mean the difference between mild and severe injuries.
It’s also important to remember to eliminate the stigma of having a brain injury. People are not their injuries.