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Balance Concerns: Introduction

Annotation:American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - A fact sheet listing steps seniors can take to minimize falls and other balance issues caused by dizziness. Includes a little information on shoes.

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - A discussion of aging, balance and dizziness.

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - A description of the differences between the symptoms of dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium, with a summary of the possible causes.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - An overview that includes definition, symptoms, causes, complications, tests and diagnosis, treatments and drugs, lifestyle and home remedies, as well as preparing for an appointment with a doctor.

Annotation:American Geriatrics Society - This site provides a good discussion of the differences between vertigo, lightheadedness, near-fainting and unsteadiness. Diagnosis and treatment are also covered.

Annotation:National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health - A comprehensive overview that includes pictures and diagrams, as well as questions whose answers will help your doctor make a diagnosis. Also available as a PDF.

Annotation:National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health - Graphic and nomenclature

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - This page provides a list of terms related to balance and inner ear conditions.

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - This article discusses balance, sensory inputs, and motor outputs. There are charts and a description of a coordinated balance system, which can be disrupted by damage to one or more components through injury, disease, or the aging process.

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - This link provides information on how many people are affected by dizziness and vestibular disorders, how these conditions affect quality of life and how they impact health care systems.

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - Descriptions of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and resources.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - About 50% of dizziness in older people is due to BPPV. This comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, and treatment of BPPV, whose intense episodes follow a specific change in the position of the head.

Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) - A brief description, which includes diagnostic tests and therapeutic maneuvers. A longer discussion is VEDA publication R-5, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) available as a PDF.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic A comprehensive overview of this disease, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, coping, and treatment as well as how to prepare for a visit with your physician.

Annotation:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Falls are the cause of over 90% of hip fractures. This article looks at statistics, outcomes for those with hip fractures, describes who is at risk; and suggests some prevention strategies.

Annotation:MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine - Comprehensive web portal about falls, including recent news and research.

Annotation:NIH Senior Health, National Institute on Aging - Tutorial on falls and fall prevention.

Annotation:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - As many as 3 out of 4 nursing home residents fall each year. This article discusses the most common causes, how serious the falls are, and preventative measures, all backed up by current research.

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