Falls are among the leading causes of death and injury in the older population. Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. You should set up a doctor’s appointment for aging parent or relative to determine if your loved one has a serious balance problem involving vertigo, viral or bacterial ear infections, Meniere’s disease, chronic dizziness or drug interactions. A balance disorder also may be caused by a head injury or blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain, medical experts report.
CDC offers tips on how older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling:
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