Older adults are different from their younger counterparts in how they present and they have unique needs.
Here are some important considerations when providing concussion care to older adults:
They tend to have more chronic health conditions. In fact, 65% of older adults have multiple chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, asthma, COPD, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
They also have more functional limitations. In 2018, approximately 22% of the population aged 65 and older reported having a disability.
They tend to have more vague or non-specific symptoms such as changes in appetite or mood, self-neglect, and incontinence in some cases.
They have a tendency to under-report symptoms, whether it be due to past bad experiences, fear of creating a burden, denial, or fear of being institutionalized.
This population may also have more mental health concerns. In fact, 1 in 4 older adults experience a behavioral health problem such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
Learn more about providing concussion care to older adults and seniors in this online guide.
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