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Old 09-07-2004, 03:25 PM   #1
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loss of balance in elderly people

Can anything be done about an elderly person (85+) who loses balance? My father is 90 and in excellent health otherwise, but recently seems to lose his balance sometimes. He has never fallen, and the only thing the doctor says is to use a cane.

 
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Old 09-07-2004, 03:35 PM   #2
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Re: loss of balance in elderly people

Has he had his inner ear checked, as a problem with it could effect his equalibrium?

 
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Old 09-07-2004, 04:16 PM   #3
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Re: loss of balance in elderly people

DonnaJ:

Good question. The answer is no. The doctor does not even want to check for an inner ear infection. Maybe it is time to see another doctor.

 
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Re: loss of balance in elderly people

There are many reasons why an elderly person has an unsteady gait. Find a good doctor and get him completely checked out.

If he takes bloodpressure medication it may cause dizziness, just enough to cause him to lose balance. Elderly are easily overmedicated. When he gets up his bloodpressure may be dropping too low. I am personally having this problem at present.

Low in potassium can cause a weakness that leads to unsteady walking. Not eating enough or eating only a few choices of food may lead to deficiency in various nutrients.

Strength and stamina deminish when a person sits a lot and does not move around very much. This could be a cause.

Parkinson Disease can be a cause.

In my opinion, I believe, regardless what the age is, a person needs proper medical care and not brushed off as just being old.

 
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Re: loss of balance in elderly people

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Can anything be done about an elderly person (85+) who loses balance? My father is 90 and in excellent health otherwise, but recently seems to lose his balance sometimes. He has never fallen, and the only thing the doctor says is to use a cane.
I have never known anyone whose equalibrium is what it was in their 20,s 30.s, or 40's. This is apart of aging. Our body is just not the same as it was in our youth. Reflexes are not the same as youth. At 85, it is expected to more cautious when doing things like climbing stairs. I am 59 and sometimes I trip over my own feet trying to move too fast. I've always been a musclar active woman, the right weight and live healthy. But my body does not always cooperate with my brain.

 
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