Balance problems can show up as dizziness, light headedness, and general instability which can make someone not trust their ability to get around and socialize with others. A lack of socializing can quickly lead to isolation and even depression.
Balance can effect more than just your ability to stand.
Self confidence can decrease as the person may feel embarrassed about not being able to stand or move about confidently. A balance problem may worsen with a change in position from sitting to standing or sitting to standing; sometimes turning the head abruptly will initiate a problem with balance.
Problems with balance can stem from many potential causes, and the elderly seem to be more often affected. Problems can stem from an infection of the inner ear, problems with spinal alignment, and can even be caused or aggravated by certain medications or medical conditions.
If your elderly loved one is experiencing problems with balance, check with a medical professional to determine the cause of the problem. Once you know what’s causing the problem, you will be able to find out if there’s treatment available, and have a better sense of what to do about it.
It’s also important to find ways to give the person added support, so that they can move around with confidence. There are products available to assist individuals when getting in and out of chairs, getting in and out of a bed, as well as a variety of walker styles and canes. Alert Response has several options of Medical Alert Systems that can give your loved one the confidence they need to remain independent.
Alert Response can help your loved one remain safe and independent.
Minimizing the effects of problems with balance will allow your loved one to experience more confidence in getting around, as well as having opportunities to stay engaged in the things they love to do. The level of engagement with friends and the outside world will most likely contribute positively to their overall health and well being.Share