Enhancing Strength, Balance and Flexibility in Aging Patients
Lisa Z. Killinger, DC
Factors Related to Balance Problems in the Aging Patient
: 3 Ds: Delirium, depression, dementia; impaired
position sense, wandering, confusion, hallucination, anxiety.
Tachycardia, bradycardia, arrhythmias, hypotension
: Bleeding (ulcers, etc), diarrhea, constipation (defecation sycope),
incontinence, micturition syncope
: Patients who live in isolation are more likely to fall.
hat patient eats/drinks
: Caffeine, alcohol, insufficient food/water intake
: Hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, hypokalemia, dehydration
: Lower extremity muscle weakness, restricted ROM,
osteoarthritis, conditions of the feet, gait disturbances
Parkinson’s, dementia, visual disturbances, seizures,
dizziness, nervous system damage due to anemia.