Understanding the causes and potential treatment of dizziness is important, particularly for elderly people, as dizziness can increase their chances of having an accident or a fall.
Dizziness describes a number of sensations people can experience such as feeling as though your head is spinning, feeling lightheaded, faint or unbalanced. The feelings associated with dizziness are often experienced when bending over or standing up too quickly.
Aged Carer has offered some excellent tips on how to overcome the feeling of dizziness.
Why do people feel dizzy?
Dizziness is normally related to a number of factors and age related changes in the body.
These factors can include:
• Problems with the inner ear, such as Vertigo, can affect your loved one’s balance.
• Standing up too quickly can cause your loved one’s blood pressure to drop dramatically, which can cause dizziness.
• Heart problems
Overcoming the feeling of dizziness
In many cases dizziness will be resolved on its own. However if dizziness is having a dramatic impact on your loved one’s life there are treatments available such as medications, balancing exercises or counselling when stress is a factor.
Here are some tips to help your loved one overcome dizziness:
• Ask them to use a walking aid when standing and moving around.
• Help them get up slowly and avoiding abrupt body changes.
• Ask a medical practitioner if your loved one needs a hearing aid or glasses.
• Encourage them to participate in light physical therapy and muscle strengthening exercises.
If your loved one experiences dizziness they may feel a lack of confidence in their ability to move around safely. Carers can provide extra physical support and encouragement to their loved ones to help improve their mobility.