Headway of WNY, Inc.

A support and advocacy agency
for individuals with brain injuries,
disabilities and seniors.



WEAR HELMETS WHEN playing athletic sports.

SEAT BELTS: Have reduced the risk of fatal injuries by 40 percent to 50 percent and brain injuries by 45 percent to 55 percent. Prevented over 55,600 deaths.

HELMETS: Have reduced injuries on bikes by 88 percent, motorcycles by 55 percent, skiing by 20 percent.

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Use helmets to protect yourself.  Five percent of soccer players receive brain injury from head-to-head contact, struck by the ball or falls.  In football, 10 percent of college and 20 percent of high school players sustain brain injury.

SENIORS: Falls are the leading cause (60.7 percent) of brain injury and broken bones for those age 65 and older.

CHILDREN: Falls are the leading cause (50.2 percent) of brain injury for those age 0 to 14 years.

The lives of brain injury survivors have been significantly altered. The injury may have affected their independence, their ability to learn new things, their moods, and their reaction time. They may have trouble making decisions, they may feel lost, feel alone, can be frustrated easily, they may think about the same thing over and over. They have trouble remembering things, they eat too little or too much, they have trouble initiating things. They may have balance problems, sensory changes, headaches and other unexplained body pain.

Help us prevent brain injuries and build community awareness about this important public health issue! Contact Headway of WNY at 716-408-3120. We are a support and advocacy agency for those with brain injuries, other cognitive disabilities, and seniors.

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