Walks for Brain Injury Awareness Sept. 24
Paramus · W. Windsor · Mt. Laurel
Brain injuries refers to occurrences to the brain which causes damage. Because each injury damages a different part of the brain, every injury is unique and often described as either traumatic or acquired based on the particular cause.
The severity of brain injuries may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in short or long-term problems with independent function. Acquired brain injuries are caused by conditions such strokes, encephalitis, aneurysms, anoxia (lack of oxygen during surgery, drug overdose, or near drowning), metabolic disorders, meningitis, or brain tumors.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services’ New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, approximately 14,000 New Jersey residents suffer brain injuries from traumatic events each year, of which 1000 are fatal. Approximately 175,000 New Jersey residents currently live with disabilities from traumatic brain injuries.
The mission of the New Jersey Brain Injury Alliance (BIANJ) is providing support for people with brain injuries and their families, from the time of injury through the rehabilitation process and beyond.