Take Precautions to Prevent Slips and Falls this Winter

Woman In Pain Falling Over In Snowy On Slippery Street And Injuring Herself

Winter in the Midwest is here, and while it’s tough to predict whether this winter will be colder or snowier than usual, one thing is for sure—at some point temperatures will likely drop and it will be slick outside. Though that’s just a fact of life for most of us, for older adults or those who suffer from dizziness and … Read More

Preventing Falls at Home

woman falling on floor holding cane and holding her head

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 60% of falls in adults over age 65 occur at home and most don’t happen from a height, say a ladder or the stairs. Most happen at ground level. While there are many causes for falls, dizziness and balance problems are more common as adults age. In addition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, … Read More

Balance Tests + Getting Accurately Diagnosed For Dizziness & Balance Disorders

Woman grimacing with hands on her head feeling headache & dizziness

How Imbalance Can Feel Dizziness and balance disorders can be difficult and frustrating conditions to diagnose for patients. One reason is because patients often have a difficult time describing their symptoms in a meaningful way to their healthcare providers. Vertigo is the most specific symptom many patients experience, and it has a specific definition—it is an illusion, or feeling, of … Read More

Medicare’s Approval of VEMP Testing a Positive Sign for Dizzy Patients

Sick dizzy young woman holding hands against temple suffering headache while working on her laptop at home.

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So when someone experiences the symptoms of dizziness and balance problems, and they seek help from a medical professional, you’d expect Medicare and health insurance … Read More

Why Dizziness is More Common as We Age

Dizziness and balance issues can become a problem at any age, but they are more common in adults over age 65. Often, aging and other medical conditions that are more common in older adults, such as diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, can impact the ability to maintain balance. The body has three primary sensory systems that work together to create postural … Read More

As You Age, You May be at Increased Risk of Falling

A man lies unconscious in a room

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, one of the leading health concerns for people over the age of 60 is falling, which is often related to balance problems. Each year millions of adults fall and one in five of those falls leads to serious injury, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control.  One of three adults 65 or … Read More

New Study Points to Dancing As Key to Balance and Fall Prevention

Happy old couple smiling dancing in a park on a sunny day

Dancing is about more than having fun—it’s about being active, especially as we age. And now, there’s another good reason to kick up your heels and cut a rug—dancing can help prevent falls! According to the results of a meta-analysis published in JAMA Open recently, the researchers pooled data from 29 controlled studies involving more than 4,200 healthy persons over … Read More

Don’t Slip Up!

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated … Read More

Study Shows Connection to Hearing/Dizziness

elderly woman exercising at home with swiss ball

What people hear and do not hear can have a direct effect on their balance, according to new research from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). The research, published in the March 12 issue of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, provides a better understanding of the relationship between hearing loss and why people fall, especially … Read More

Research Linked to Common Dizziness Condition

Close up portrait of grey haired grandpa with chronic pain

If lying down or turning over in bed makes you feel dizzy, it could be an indication that you have a common dizziness condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. This condition can have a major impact on quality of life, even though it is a benign. And even though BPPV isn’t life-threatening, it does increase the risk of … Read More