FAQ: Can Exercise Reduce my Risk of Falling?

FAQ: Can Exercise Reduce my Risk of Falling?

Today we’re going to answer a question that I frequently hear from my patients which is “Can exercise reduce my risk of falling?” The answer to the question is “Yes.” If you’re only going to do one thing to reduce your risk of falling, exercise...
BPPV Crystals Cause Dizziness, Falls and Cognitive Problems

BPPV Crystals Cause Dizziness, Falls and Cognitive Problems

BPPV crystals (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo crystals) cause dizziness, vertigo, falls and mild cognitive problems. Many people with BPPV crystals do not even know it! Unfortunately, it often goes undetected by healthcare providers as well, leading to...
Does Alcohol Cause Vertigo and Dizziness?

Does Alcohol Cause Vertigo and Dizziness?

One thing I see often, especially in older adults, is that when people lose their spouse or have some kind of tragedy in their life, they may begin to turn to drinking alcohol for relief from the feelings that they are experiencing. The consumption of alcohol may be...
Assistive Devices To Stop Falls

Assistive Devices To Stop Falls

Assistive Devices to Stop Falls My grandfather, Bill, is an important figure in my life. He is an electrical engineer who had a very successful career, but he didn’t know anything about fall prevention when he retired. In my observation, that is pretty typical for a...
Falls: The Hidden Costs

Falls: The Hidden Costs

Cost of Falls In the USA, one out of four people over 65 years old report falling every year. Of those, about 50% will fall again within six months. About 20-30% of older people who fall will incur moderate to severe injuries. Many people sustain fractures and require...
Fear of Falling Causes More Falls

Fear of Falling Causes More Falls

Fear of Falling Fear of falling is the most common fear reported in older adults and it causes changes in behavior, as well as four predictable changes in walking pattern. Many people who fall or feel off balance develop the fear of falling. Some people may develop a...