Brain Injury Raises Risk of Dementia in Older Vets
"The data suggest that TBI in older veterans may predispose them toward development of symptomatic dementia. And they raise concern about the potential long-term consequences of TBI in younger veterans."
This is of particular note, according to Yaffe, because TBI makes up an estimated 22 percent of all casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. She recommends servicemembers who suffer traumatic brain injury receive prompt diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation to possibly ameliorate long-term problems like dementia.