Challenges and opportunities in managing the dizzy older adult

Stephen J. Wetmore, David E. Eibling, Joel A. Goebel, Kim R. Gottshall, Michael E. Hoffer, Måns Magnusson, Yael Raz

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Abstract

Balance disorders are common in elderly people, not only resulting in distressing sensations but also leading to reduced activity levels and quality of life. It has been estimated that 30% of elderly patients experience a balance disorder. Managing these disorders is a substantial challenge for patients and their caregivers and physicians. Moreover, abnormalities in balance are associated with falls, a major cause of morbidity and mortality for elderly people. Management is complicated by the inherent difficulties in assessing the generic complaint of dizziness, as well as the likelihood of multiple, often nonvestibular causes. The authors of this mini-seminar review both vestibular and nonvestibular causes of balance disorders in elderly people, emphasizing practical therapeutic maneuvers that can be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-656
Number of pages6
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume144
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Dizziness
Caregivers
Quality of Life
Morbidity
Physicians
Mortality
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • BPPV
  • Equilibrium
  • Falls prevention
  • Geriatrics
  • Polypharmacy
  • PREHAB
  • Vestibular exercises
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)

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Wetmore, S. J., Eibling, D. E., Goebel, J. A., Gottshall, K. R., Hoffer, M. E., Magnusson, M., & Raz, Y. (2011). Challenges and opportunities in managing the dizzy older adult. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 144(5), 651-656. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599810397493

Challenges and opportunities in managing the dizzy older adult. / Wetmore, Stephen J.; Eibling, David E.; Goebel, Joel A.; Gottshall, Kim R.; Hoffer, Michael E.; Magnusson, Måns; Raz, Yael.

In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 144, No. 5, 05.2011, p. 651-656.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Wetmore, SJ, Eibling, DE, Goebel, JA, Gottshall, KR, Hoffer, ME, Magnusson, M & Raz, Y 2011, 'Challenges and opportunities in managing the dizzy older adult', Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 144, no. 5, pp. 651-656. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599810397493
Wetmore SJ, Eibling DE, Goebel JA, Gottshall KR, Hoffer ME, Magnusson M et al. Challenges and opportunities in managing the dizzy older adult. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2011 May;144(5):651-656. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599810397493
Wetmore, Stephen J. ; Eibling, David E. ; Goebel, Joel A. ; Gottshall, Kim R. ; Hoffer, Michael E. ; Magnusson, Måns ; Raz, Yael. / Challenges and opportunities in managing the dizzy older adult. In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2011 ; Vol. 144, No. 5. pp. 651-656.
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