Across Canada Provincial, Grassroots Organizations and Individuals will be creating awareness about Acquired Brain Injuries.

As incredible as this may sound, brain injury in Canada is a silent epidemic. In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. Statistics further indicate that incidences are two times greater within the male population. Women take longer to recover from a brain injury. A concussion is a brain injury.

Acquired brain injury is defined as a non-degenerative and non-congenital insult to the brain that may result in a diminished or altered state of consciousness, and result in impaired cognitive, physical, emotional and/or behavioural functioning.

The social, emotional and economic consequences of brain injury are in fact devastating not only to the survivors themselves, but to family members, caregivers, support workers and the community at large of volunteers – everyone involved with working towards neuro-rehabilitation and recovery . And currently, there are no drugs or techniques that can cure a brain injury.

Automobile accidents, sports injuries, cycling accidents, falls, incidences of violence, domestic violence, strokes, tumours, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative conditions are all leading causes of acquired brain injury and multiple disabilities in Canada.

Here are a few stories from Canada about the challenges people with acquired brain injury live with.

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