Have you or a loved one ever experienced lightheadedness, dizziness or a spinning sensation? A feeling that you’re about to fall or actually falling? Staggering when you begin to walk, blurred vision, confusion, anxiety or panic? Ever feel like you’re moving when you’re actually standing still? Any or all of these can be signs of a balance disorder.
According to the National Institute on Aging, balance issues do tend to increase with age, but there are several causes and ways to cope with unwanted symptoms.
Common Causes of Balance Problems
6 Ways to Cope With Balance Issues
In cases where your balance issues can’t be fully solved through medical intervention, you can change your behavior and your environment to lower your risk of falls.
Living area: Add handrails to both sides of staircases. Ensure there is good lighting in stairways or hallways with light switches on both ends, or better yet, consider motion-activated lights that automatically turn on when you walk by. Keep floors free of books, papers, clothes and shoes. Remove throw rugs, and put no-slip strips on hard-surface floors.
Bedroom: Put night lights close to your bed, along with a flash light and a charged cell phone or landline.
Kitchen: Prepare foods while sitting down, place utensils and pans you use most often within easy reach and clean up spills right away.
Bathroom: install grab bars on the inside and outside of tubs and showers and near toilets. Install a nightlight. Put nonskid mats on all areas that might get wet.
It’s important not to just consider poor balance as a normal part of aging, but to start with a doctor visit to get to the heart of the issue. Managing your balance issues can enhance your relationships and improve your quality of life .
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