Many people will experience balance problems as they age.
Common symptoms of balance problems include:
- Occasional feelings of unsteadiness or sudden dizziness are not uncommon
- Vertigo, the feeling that you or the things around you are spinning, is another often-reported symptom
- Disturbances of the inner ear are a common cause of these events
COMMON TYPES OF BALANCE DISORDERS:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)– In BPPV, you experience a brief, intense feeling of vertigo or sudden dizziness when you change the position of your head, such as when rolling over to the left or right, upon getting out of bed, or when looking for an object on a high or low shelf. In BPPV, small calcium particles in the inner ear become displaced and hit the inner ear balance sensors, causing dizziness. A doctor or specialist can treat BPPV by carefully moving the head and torso to dislodge these particles. For some people, one session will be all that is needed. Others might need to repeat the procedure several times at home to relieve their dizziness.
- Labyrinthitis – Inflammation of the vestibular system, the part of the inner ear responsible for balance. To maintain your body's position, the labyrinth interacts with other systems in the body, such as the eyes, bones and joints. The cause is usually a viral infection, or less often, a bacterial infection.
- Ménière's disease – This is a balance disorder that causes a person to experience vertigo, hearing loss that comes and goes, tinnitus (a ringing or roaring in the ears), and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Ménière's disease is caused by changes in fluid volumes in the inner ear. People with Ménière's disease can help reduce its dizzying effects by lowering the amount of sodium in their diets. Limiting alcohol and caffeine also may be helpful.
TOP NATURAL REMEDIES
- Omega-3 (fish oil)
- Ginger root extract
NATURAL EXERCISE PRACTICES
- T’ai Chi
- Qi Gong
IMPACT OF FALLS ON AN AGING ADULTS LIFE
One of the biggest health risks to elderly adults may surprise you. Most would guess heart disease, cancer or other medical disorders. These certainly are a concern for senior citizens, but one of the most dangerous health hazards the aging population faces is falling.
More than one-third of adult
’s ages 65 years and older fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths. More commonly, falls can lead to a prolonged period of rehabilitation, diminished function, depression and declining health. And in many instances, people become more isolated after a fall.