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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.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
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.