Aging and Brain Injury

At last week’s Southwest Conference on Disability, Dr. Gainer presented his talk “What Happens When Rehabilitation Ends,” which proved to be a timely offering. As we begin to see a greater influx of survivors on our already burdened system (consider all the head injuries from the Iraq war alone!), the issue of aging with a brain injury becomes a greater concern.

Among the attendees at the conference was a Vietnam-era veteran who shared with us the horror stories that involved his brain injury treatment in the late seventies. Today, almost thirty years post-injury, he’s come a long way, but he’s adopted rehabilitation as a way of life. “That’s the only way I’m going to get through this,” he shared with the audience.

In the upcoming weeks, look for more posts about aging and brain injury.

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