Injuries from concussions can be wide ranging from mild to severe bruising and torn blood vessels, to nerve damage and unconsciousness. Some seniors display no obvious signs of a concussion after a fall. Others may appear confused, complain of headaches, dizziness, ringing in their ears, or suffer from nausea and vomiting.
Over the course of days, other symptoms may include an increased sensitivity to light or sound, impairment of speech, a difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, or a variable heart rate.
Loss of consciousness, vomiting, seizures or altered awareness should signal an emergency and the person should be taken immediately to the emergency room. Caregivers should be very aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion and the level of care needed.Concussion in the Elderly: Symptoms, Recovery & Prevention | LivHOME