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  • Joel J. Digris, MSPT, Owner Achieva Rehabilitation

Managing Dizziness in Older Adults: A Guide from Achieva Rehabilitation




graphic showing dizziness as a visual in older adults

As we age, experiencing dizziness can become more common and concerning. However, it's important to know that dizziness is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are effective ways to manage and even prevent it. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we specialize in in-home physical therapy designed to address the underlying causes of dizziness, helping to restore your quality of life.


Common Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Dizziness in older adults can stem from a variety of causes. Understanding these can help in preventing and managing the condition effectively:

  1. Vestibular Disorders: These affect the inner ear and balance. Common vestibular issues include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, and vestibular neuritis.

  2. Medications: Many older adults take multiple medications, some of which can cause dizziness as a side effect. Common culprits include blood pressure medications, sedatives, and antidepressants .

  3. Cardiovascular Issues: Conditions such as low blood pressure (hypotension), heart disease, and arrhythmias can lead to dizziness .

  4. Dehydration and Nutritional Deficiencies: Dehydration and deficiencies in essential nutrients like vitamin B12 can contribute to dizziness .

  5. Neurological Conditions: Diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even migraines can cause dizziness .

  6. Anxiety and Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, depression, and stress can also manifest physically as dizziness .

Preventing Dizziness: Tips for Older Adults

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some strategies to help reduce the risk of dizziness:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.

  2. Healthy Diet: Ensure your diet includes a variety of nutrients, especially those that support nerve and brain health like B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.

  3. Regular Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity to improve cardiovascular health and maintain balance. Exercises like walking, yoga, and Tai Chi are particularly beneficial.

  4. Monitor Medications: Regularly review your medications with your healthcare provider to minimize side effects that may cause dizziness.

  5. Manage Chronic Conditions: Keep chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease well-managed with regular check-ups and adherence to treatment plans.

  6. Avoid Sudden Movements: Stand up slowly from sitting or lying positions to prevent sudden drops in blood pressure that can cause dizziness.

Managing Dizziness: What Can Be Done?

If you experience dizziness, it’s crucial to seek help. Here’s how our in-home physical therapy at Achieva Rehabilitation can assist:

  1. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT): This is a specialized form of therapy designed to address issues with the inner ear and balance. VRT includes exercises that help your brain compensate for the imbalance and reduce dizziness .

  2. Balance Training: We provide personalized balance training exercises to improve stability and prevent falls. This includes strength training for your legs and core, coordination exercises, and functional tasks to enhance your daily activities .

  3. Education and Lifestyle Modifications: Our therapists educate you on how to manage and mitigate dizziness in your daily life. This includes tips on posture, movement, and creating a safe home environment to reduce the risk of falls.

  4. Medication Review: Our team works closely with your healthcare providers to review and adjust medications that may contribute to dizziness.

Restoring Quality of Life

The most important takeaway is that dizziness is treatable, and there is definitely something that can be done to improve it. At Achieva Rehabilitation, our goal is to help you regain your balance, reduce dizziness, and restore your quality of life through comprehensive, personalized in-home physical therapy.

For more information and to explore our services, visit our website at Achieva Rehabilitation. Don’t let dizziness dictate your life—take the first step towards better balance and well-being today!

References:

  1. "Medication-Induced Dizziness in the Elderly," PubMed, National Library of Medicine.

  2. "Management of Cardiovascular Issues in the Elderly," American Heart Association.

  3. "The Importance of Hydration and Nutrition in Elderly Health," Journal of Geriatric Care.

  4. "Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy for Dizziness and Imbalance," Vestibular Disorders Association.

  5. "Balance Training and Fall Prevention in Older Adults," National Institute on Aging.

  6. "Anxiety, Depression, and Dizziness," Psychology Today.



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