Helping Seniors with Balance Problems

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Balance issues are among the most serious for older adults because feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness can easily result in a dangerous slip and fall scenario. As a result, maintaining a good sense of balance is crucial not only for one's independence, but for their overall health and wellness as well.

At The Marshes of Skidaway Island's Savannah assisted living facilities, we provide excellent exercise opportunities and health services designed to help our residents improve their balance problems so they can enjoy healthier and more independent lifestyles.

Why is Balance so Important for Seniors?

Balance is essential for controlling the human body. Without it, one loses the ability to control their body's position and they become at higher risk of suffering a serious injury due to falling or tripping. Without a good sense of balance, a senior will find it difficult to climb stairs, bend over, get up from a chair, or even walk, and this will make it a challenge to continue living a safe and independent life.

What Causes Balance Problems?

Most balance problems begin in the inner ear, most notably the "labyrinth." The labyrinth works in conjunction with other parts of the body, like the eyes, bones, and joints to form a state of balance.

Because seniors gradually start to experience hearing degradation and inner ear disturbances as they age, this can eventually start to affect their balance. The most common symptom of inner ear problems is vertigo, which is the sensation that you or the room around you is spinning. Other common causes of balance loss include conditions known as Labyrithitis, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), and Ménière's disease.

How Can Balance Be Preserved?

One of the biggest challenges seniors face is having the strength to counter any potential losses of balance. As a result, the more mobile and flexible a senior is, the less likely one is to lose balance and fall. Practicing a daily exercise and strength-training regimen is one of the most important things a senior can do to help improve and maintain their sense of balance.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in older Americans. When you consider that more than one-third of older adults (65 years and older) suffer a fall each year, you can see why it is so important to do everything you can to improve your balance.

At The Marshes of Skidaway Island, We Take Balance Issues Seriously

At The Marshes of Skidaway Island, we want you to enjoy an active and independent lifestyle and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to give your sense of balance the care and attention it needs so it will always be there for you. If you notice that you or your loved one is starting to suffer from hearing problems, inner ear disturbances, or general balance issues, then contact your health care provider immediately. To learn more about The Marshes of Skidaway Island or to schedule a visit to our Savannah assisted living facilities, please call us today at 800-889-6238.