January 11th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Maintaining good balance as we walk and engage in daily activities is important; however, a senior can sometimes encounter balancing problems that make activities like walking, exercising or just doing daily work, difficult and stressful. Balance problems occur from disease, disorder, or an injury. Here are a few common causes of balance problems:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
This balancing problem causes intense vertigo when you move your head and can also occur when you roll over in bed. It is an inner ear problem that can be caused by an ear infection, a head injury or aging.
Meniere’s Disease and Labyrinthitis
Meniere’s disease causes a feeling of fullness in the ear. When a senior has this disease, he or she may experience vertigo, hearing loss and ringing in the ears. Meniere’s disease may also cause ringing in the ears, sporadic hearing loss and vertigo. Keep in mind; hearing loss can affect a person’s balance and increase the risk of falls. Labyrinthitis occurs when the inner ear becomes infected and inflamed. This ear condition has been linked to the flu.
Other Causes of Balance Problems
Some may not know it; but there are other medical concerns that cause balance problems such as eye problems, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Arthritis, heart problems, and medications for chronic illnesses may also lead to balance concerns.
Steps to Take That Will Help
If balance problems continue to be a concern, there are things you can do that will help such as installing better lighting in the home, engaging in balance exercises, wearing smooth bottom shoes, or seeking assisted living. Other tips that may help are being aware of your posture and maintaining your weight over your ankles.
In addition, avoid fast movements, always get up slowly when rising from a chair and if you are taking medications, ask your doctor if there are any side effects that may cause a decrease in balance or feeling light headed. It is also important to not close your eyes when exercising.
To ensure that you get the help you need contact Loved Ones for at home care. Assisted living can provide the comfort and help you and your family need and deserve.