Acquired Brain Injury
Headway statistics indicate that since 2005-2006, there has been a 10% increase in the number of people admitted to a UK hospital with an acquired brain injury.
The causes of head injury include: road traffic accidents, falls, sports injuries and assaults.
Other major types of acquired brain injury include: stroke, infections and reduced oxygen to the brain.
Stroke: first-ever stroke affects about 230 people per 100,000 population in the UK each year and in England and Wales alone, over 80,000 people are hospitalised with acute stroke each year.
The effects of a stroke can be wide and varied for both the individual affected and the family / support system around them.
Common consequences of any type of acquired brain injury
In addition to physical changes, problems with memory, planning, attention, and communication skills are common and can affect people’s ability to manage in daily life. People also describe changes in emotions and behaviour which can understandably cause distress.