If your husband (or wife) has experienced a traumatic brain injury (or even a concussion), you should read this. There's new evidence that the risk of dementia rises with a TBI.
If you've followed football, this is no surprise. The retired NFL players are complaining of dementia-like symptoms, likely caused by all the hard hits they've taken over the years. It's called "CTE" (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and it's a progressive degenerative disease that can only be confirmed postmortem (sound familiar? Just like Alzheimer's).
If you're not familiar with CTE or dementia, here are some of the symptoms - which can show up many years after the injury:
- increased aggression
- memory loss
- behavioral and personality changes
- impaired intellectual and cognitive functioning (getting lost, trouble communicating clearly, etc.)
Also important to note: veterans with a TBI developed dementia TWO YEARS EARLIER than those without a TBI and died 2.3 years earlier than veterans without a TBI.
If you factor in that a veteran also has depression, PTSD or cerebrovascular disease, his/her risk of dementia goes up even more than those who just had a TBI.
Here's what I read:
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