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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The Effects of Aging

by Michelle Rodoletz, PhD & Randall W. Evans, PhD, ABPP 3 CE Credits

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major health care concern in the United States, with approximately 1.5 million new cases of TBI annually resulting in 83,000 new cases of permanent TBI-related disability. At this time, approximately 6 million persons, or roughly 2% of the U.S. population, are living with a TBI-related disability. It is an especially relevant healthcare concern in light of the number of recent veterans returning from combat with TBI. While new neuro-imaging techniques and new medications are being developed to refine diagnosis and treatment of TBI, there are emerging concerns and research data to suggest that TBI, particularly severe TBI, may have a significant impact on the “normal” aging process across the lifespan. This course reviews the medical, psychological, and social consequences that can occur over time following TBI and the implications for improving quality of life in this population.

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Overview
  • Incidence and Prevalence Statistics Regarding TBI
  • A Brief Review of Neuro-anatomy and Brain Function
  • Why Look at the Relationship between TBI and the Aging Process?
  • Lifespan Concerns and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Aging with TBI: Special Medical Concerns
  • Predicting Outcome After TBI
  • Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Summary
  • Internet-Based Resources for the Professional
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify three developmental milestones regarding “aging” through the human lifespan.
  • Indicate three ways that traumatic brain injury (TBI) may affect the “normal” aging process.
  • Articulate two prominent themes arising from a review of the theory- and evidence-based literature associated with TBI and aging.
  • Recognize the three most prominent causes of TBI among veterans engaged in military conflicts.