Gait And Balance Analysis

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Gait and balance- assessing if there is a decrease in range of motion and ambulation that is a natural part of aging. The nurse assesses the risk for falls, ability to exercise (stretch, swim, walk), and the need for assistance with ambulation; walker, cane or wheelchair. There is an increased risk of developing dementia with age. Early detection of any cognitive changes can be beneficial to be proactive set up cognitive screening and testing also future planning. Elderly patients may become depressed or have noticeable mood changes; it is important to watch for signs and evaluate the patient for depression.
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