As people’s bodies grow older, it can become harder and harder for them to maintain their balance. However, if an elderly loved one is having an unusually difficult time keeping themselves stable on their feet, then it’s worth investigating whether something more than just the aging process is at play. Common balance related problems include vertigo, Ménière’s Disease, Labyrinthitis, various chronic illnesses, and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. For any of these, symptoms are likely to include strange feelings in the ear.
- Hearing loss can affect balance and increase the risk of falls.
- Falls happen to one of three older Americans each year and remain a leading cause of disability among seniors.
- If balance problems persist, it is important to take a hard look at the senior’s home environment.
“Weakened muscles or poor vision can compromise our ability to remain steady on our feet. As can some medications. But the natural aging process doesn’t have to mean you’re constantly on the brink of falling.”