There is something terrifying about the prospect of not knowing who your loved ones are anymore. There is something unsettling about not realizing where you live, despite the fact that you have lived there for decades already. However, for those living with dementia, that is just one of the terrible symptoms that they have to deal with in their daily lives.
This is something that people want to avoid at all times, but a recent study finds that repetitive head injuries that may occur during military service and contact sports can lead to an increased likelihood of developing dementia and lead to worse symptoms of disease.
The study itself
According to the study, which is available in the journal Acta Neuropathologica online, this may be because of the increased build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain, which may accelerate the aging process. Those who were worse off included military veterans with a history of head injuries and professional and amateur boxers.
This study is the first to establish that during chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), beta-amyloid’s age-dependent deposition is an important factor. This is going to lead to the development of treatments and diagnostic tools that may focus on the long-lasting effects of head trauma.
More about CTE
CTE is a neurodegenerative disease and it is commonly associated with repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. While the focus of this study was on athletes and those who serve in the military, it is important to remember that this is not limited to this target demographic. This is merely the type of individual that is believed to be more prone to such injury.
It is important for seniors to be safe
If we consider that many seniors suffer head injuries when taking a fall, this should only serve as further warning that it is extremely important that older citizens are in a safe environment where the potential for damage is kept to a minimum. This is just one of the benefits of living in one of the many senior assisted living communities. If you believe that you or your loved ones could benefit from added assistance where you want it, make sure to check out the options at carltonseniorliving.com