Preventing Falls in the Elderly

One in four adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls lead to a death every 19 minutes. Fear of falling can lead to social isolation and depression. Fall prevention requires the joint efforts of patients and providers of health care in Silver Spring Maryland.

Treat Vision, Foot, Hearing Problems

The balance system coordinates input from the visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems of the body. Conflicting or disordered input among these systems lead to imbalance and dizziness. If a person has vision problems, have the eyes checked and treated. Make sure that the elderly person can easily find and put on glasses upon waking up. An audiologist or an ENT can help diagnose and treat dizziness originating from the inner ear. Podiatrists help with foot care. Address diabetic neuropathy so that the person can feel the legs and feet. Consider getting hearing aids for any hearing loss …