Sustaining brain injuries after the age of 55 may lead to an increased risk of dementia, a new study published in JAMA Neurology (the Journal of the American Medical Association) is now reporting.
This study, which was based in California, involved identifying more than 164,000 individuals who were 55 or older, who had brain injuries, and who had been to the ER or stayed in the hospital to treat these brain injuries. Researchers followed up with the study’s participants periodically throughout the course of the study to track whether or not they were starting to exhibit any symptoms of dementia.
Findings of the Brain Injuries and Dementia Study
Here’s an overview of the major findings of this study:
- People who sustain traumatic brain injuries after the age of 54 may have as much as a 6 percent increased risk of developing dementia.
- These brain injuries do not have to be severe, as even moderate brain injuries seem to be associated with an increased dementia risk among people older than 54.
- While there may be an increased risk of developing dementia for older people with brain injuries, there also seems to be an accelerated development of this serious health complication, as older people who sustain new brain injuries seem to develop dementia earlier than the general population.
Given that falling often causes brain injuries – and that people older than 55 years old are far more likely to suffer serious falls (than younger individuals), these findings regarding brain injuries and dementia may be critical to starting to pinpoint some ways of limiting the risks of developing such serious cognitive complications later in life.
While researchers who have overseen this study are cautioning the public against seeing a causal relationship between suffering brain injuries and developing dementia, they have explained that more research needs to be conducted to more fully explore the relationship between these two cognitive impairments.
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