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Attached is "Pragmatic Evidence Based Review: Aging in moderate to severe TBI" (Traumatic Brain Injury).This report was completed in November 2011 for ACC. Moderate to severe TBI is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease. There are 2 peak risk periods for head injury, young adults and elderly people. There is an increased risk of cognitive decline in those aged over 60 at the time of the brain injury.
There's little research on the brain-injury - dementia link in NZ although recently there has been media interest in ageing rugby players developing dementia.
Contributor: Chris Perkins - 26 May 2017, 5:30 PM