Veterans With Brain Injuries at Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Veterans who have survived traumatic brain injuries are 60 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life, a new study found. Those who developed dementia also tended to develop it about two years earlier than veterans who hadn’t had brain injuries, the study found.

The findings add to growing evidence that serious head injuries may contribute to brain problems like Alzheimer’s years down the road.

“These findings suggest that a history of traumatic brain injury contributes risk for dementia in later life in veterans,” said study author Deborah E. Barnes of the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.