Age Related Dizziness

What is Age Related Dizziness?

Age related dizziness is a generic term used to describe the general symptoms of vertigo and imbalance in the older generation. As people get older, the parts of the body which help maintain balance, e.g. the muscles, eyes and vestibular system in the inner ear, begin to function less well which can lead to dizziness and unsteadiness.

There can be a wide variety of causes behind these dizzy symptoms, such as inner ear disorders, central nervous system disorders (such as stroke), cardiac problems (including low or high blood pressure), low blood sugar, infection, anxiety attacks, medication side effects or an inadequate diet.

Symptoms of Age Related Dizziness

The symptoms are very variable but may include: vertigo; tinnitus; loss of balance and falls; visual disturbances; headaches; light headedness.

Treatment of Age Related Dizziness

It is first important to determine whether there is an underlying cause for the dizziness or whether the symptoms are due to the natural ageing process. Vestibular rehabilitation would therefore depend on the diagnosis, but in the absence of an underlying cause, is likely to include balance re-education and exercises to improve vestibular function.