Zach Moss 23 January 2015
We are all vulnerable to an accident or illness, at any age.
‘The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed.’ EminemWe are all vulnerable to an accident or illness at any age, says Ruth Forsyth, My Life, My Decision Coordinator in South Lakeland. It is never too early to plan ahead for your future care and treatment, and our project can help you. All too often, when we think about losing capacity we think of older people. In our minds, losing our memories or being unable to make choices for ourselves can be closely linked to age-related conditions, such as dementia or a stroke. However, through my work I am very aware that younger people can also be affected by the loss of capacity. I have worked for many years with young people who have received traumatic brain injuries. These experiences remind me how vulnerable we all are, old or young, to accident or illness. The need to plan ahead, and ensure our wishes are known about for care and treatment, exists at any age. These statistics from Headway, the UK Brain Injury Association, hammer home that we are all at risk to accident and injury daily:
- There are 1 million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of brain injury
- Every 90 seconds someone is admitted to hospital in the UK with brain injury
- 5% increase in UK head injury admissions in the last decade
- 15-24 year old males and those aged 80+ are the groups most at risk of traumatic brain injuries