Pain and Anxiety with Dizziness and Falls in Older People

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Pain and Anxiety with Dizziness and Falls in Older People The risk of falling dramatically increases as one ages. According to Menant et al, a fall is defined as an “unexpected event in which the person comes to the ground, floor, or lower level”. In this study conducted by Menant et al, Menant and the authors wanted to identify medical, psychological, and physiological mediators of the relationship between dizziness and falls in older adults. Dizziness is a complaint that tends to increase as a person ages, which can be said about the incidence of falls. According to Menant et al, dizziness symptoms can be debilitating and lead to poorer quality of life, self-reported functional disability, poor health, depression, less falls self-efficacy, and restricted participation of social activities. Multiple studies have reported that dizziness can be a result from both medical and psychological factors. The study was performed on 526 older people who were randomly selected to a dizzy and non-dizzy group from a previous cohort study in eastern Sydney, Australia. Each participant had to meet certain criteria and sign informed consent prior to partaking in this study. Participants were assessed through questionnaires & assessments with certain criteria in areas of dizziness, health status and physical activity levels, cardiovascular, psychological, neuromuscular function and balance assessment, and falls follow-up procedures. According to the results of the study, evidence showed
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