March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 5.3 Million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
According to one study, about 40% of those hospitalized with a TBI had at least one unmet need for services one year after their injury. The most frequent unmet needs were:
- Improving memory and problem solving
- Managing stress and emotional upsets
- Controlling one’s temper
- Improving one’s job skills
TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and/or sensation. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.
(Information obtained from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).
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