5 Most Common balance Problems In Seniors

We all want to maintain a good balance always as we grow old. Good balance results from having strong core muscles and inheriting good family genes.

But as we grow in years, there are other factors which can bring change. Weakened muscles or Poor eyesight or some medications can affect our ability to maintain balance. But this does not mean that you have to always be fearful of falling down.

If someone or a senior person cannot keep study on the feet, it means age is not the only factor Some injury, disorder or disease can cause balance problems.

Many Seniors suffer from impaired balance and the 5 most common balance problems are given below in the summary below:

Some main reasons for balance problems in Diabetics are:

1. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BPPV is the most common type of balance disorder according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Not many of us know about it. but those over 60 should be watchful for its primary symptom which is intense Vertigo when moving once head. It seems from inner ear disturbance caused by a head injury, ear infection or simply by aging. It can be experienced even while rolling in bed.

2. Meniere disease

It is a common cause of balance problems according to NIH. Vertigo, a “full” feeling in the ear, occasional hearing loss and ringing in the ears are signs of the disease. Any of these can impact the balancing capability of a person and put at risk of a fall.

3. Labyrinthitis

This condition is an inner ear infection often linked with flu. Inflammation and infection of the inner ear may cause balance problems.

4. Chronic conditions

Some chronic conditions can cause balance problems. Eye problems can render a person incapable of keeping balance.Chronic medical conditions of the nervous system can also adversely impact the balance. Multiple sclerosis,Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s disease are some of the many conditions affecting balance in Seniors.

Certain medications that senior people take for heart problems, arthritis and other chronic conditions can also increase the risk.

5. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

This condition is caused by a virus - Shingles. In many older adults this skin condition causes damage to facial nerves near the ear. This results in balance problems. Seniors suffering from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome experience Vertigo with ear pain and many times lose power of hearing.

Every Senior should watch for these symptoms and should seek medical help at the earliest.

Plan for future care to manage fall

Providing a safe home environment to the seniors who face balance problems should be given foremost priority. Immediate attention should be given to avoid any mishap We at Optimal Health Medical center specialize in diagnosis and treatment of loss of balance in seniors. Consult Dr John Duong today.

For More Information on Balance Problems


National Library of Medicine


Mayo Clinic


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders