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1) You are probably not safe to drive immediately after your symptoms resolve after a concussion
2) Falling amongst older individuals is correlated with their increased risk of car crashes
3) Falling amongst older individuals is correlated with concussions and brain injuries.

These three facts together might indicate that older individuals are not safe to drive even after symptoms resolve from a fall. Additionally, concussions and brain injuries from falls are happening to older individuals at an alarming rate.

In a report by US researchers has recently found that concussions and brain injuries that occur when older individuals fall are happening at an alarming rate. This might be due to the increased number of older people choosing to live at home as opposed to senior housing, which might be safer. They believe that when falls happen the older individuals might minimize the situation to maintain their independence and become unaware of how the concussions and brain injuries are effecting them.

The CDC found that 1 in 45 Americans 75 and older suffered brain injuries that resulted in emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths in 2013. The rate for that age group jumped 76% from 2007. The rate of these injuries for people of all ages rose 39% over that time, hitting a record level.

Seniors are advised to have their vision checked regularly and do Tai Chi or other exercises that can strengthen legs and improve balance. Experts also advise making an elderly person's home safer by removing loose rugs and other tripping hazards, improving lighting and installing handrails and grab bars.

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www.10news.com/nct/health/falls-are-taking-a-huge-and-rising-toll-on-elderly-brains-03182017

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It's unfortunate, but people of all ages drive drunk. What we know about aging and alcohol is that as we age our bodies metabolize alcohol more and more slowly. This means that over time less alcohol will make you drunker quicker and it will take a longer time to sober up. Have you ever said, "I just can't drink like I used to"? That's why you can't.

Just because a person is 85 years old, do you think that they should get a free pass on a jail/prison sentence for drunk driving just because they are advanced in age? It seems reasonable that anybody of any age who engages in an activity that puts other innocent people in our society at risk through drunk driving should face the same consequences.

85 y.o. Barbara Jean Fisher got a 75 jail sentence after officials say she allegedly shirked probation conditions following a Rochester Hills, Michigan drunken driving crash she was charged in. The crash happened last summer when Fisher’s 2000 Lincoln sedan hit a light pole. Blood test showed that her blood alcohol level at 0.24 or 3x the legal limit. Then Fisher plead down her case to "operating while impaired by liquor" but she failed to show up to 5 required alcohol tests. The judge gave her 75 days in jail. To which her attorney stated, "anyone who is 85 years old should not be in jail."

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To read the whole story about Fisher:
www.thenewsherald.com/news/grandmother-gets--week-jail-sentence-after-drunken-driving-crash/artic...

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