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How does vestibular dysfunction affect older people?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although older adults with vestibular dysfunction are likely to experience the same symptoms as everyone else, they are at increased risk for falls due to dizziness or balance problems. Other common aspects of aging, such as reduced muscle strength or other mobility issues, can contribute to this risk. Some of these falls can be serious, leading to injury or death. Almost 10 percent of people over 65 years of age will experience vestibular disorders that require medical attention. Also, some doctors think that our risk for the most common type of vestibular dysfunction, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), increases as we age.

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