Know Your Health Numbers -- Beyond TBI
For successful aging, people need to know their numbers and get the proper tests they need — blood pressure, cholesterol, mammography, etc. Dr. Paul Aravich talks about how sometimes people with TBI define themselves that way and forget to take care of their whole selves.
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I think there are a number of rules to promote successful aging if you have a brain injury and if you don't have a brain injury, if you're a caregiver or if you're none of the above. I think there are some really good rules to follow. One would be, as the Alzheimer's Association has pointed out, know your numbers. So you're not just defined as a person with a brain injury. You also have other issues you should be paying attention to. Your blood pressure, your issues related to diabetes, your lipid profile. One person I know with a brain injury, she's in her 50s. She had never had a mammography exam for the past 30 years because she was pretty much defined by everybody, including herself, as a person with a brain injury but not much else. And so, finally, she did have the breast exam, and they did discover a lump, but fortunately for her, it was not a malignancy. And so we need to talk to the brain injured--people who are surviving with brain injuries and their caregivers about getting beyond the brain injury, if we want to promote successful aging. So they have to know their numbers.
Posted on BrainLine February 14, 2013.
Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Erica Queen, BrainLine.
Paul Aravich, PhD is a behavioral neuroscientist and professor of Pathology and Anatomy, Geriatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.