Dizziness in elderly people is common. Before we get started on our list, there are two things you should know about this article.
- “You’re getting older” is not going to be one of the reasons.
- We’ll offer a natural solution that has helped many and is safe for seniors.
With those two things in mind, let’s start with our list of 8 reasons that elderly people get dizzy.
Is it too hot outside or in the house? Have you had anything to drink recently? Dizziness is one of the earliest signs of dehydration. It is also the easiest cause of dizziness to fix. All you have to do is drink more water. Try keeping a journal and writing down everything you drink for a week. You may find out that you drink a lot less than you thought. Increasing your water intake could be a cheap and easy fix for dizziness.
This problem seems like an easy fix but can be a little more complicated. One of the most common medications that causes dizziness is blood pressure medication. But you can’t just quit your meds to get rid of the dizziness. Letting blood pressure get out of control can lead to serious heart issues and even death. It can take time to adjust the medications and the amount of each that you take in order to get the benefits and minimize the side effects, so be patient with your doctor.
Anemia occurs when a person’s iron levels get low. Dizziness is just one of the symptoms. Others include fatigue and an overall lack of energy. The good news is that the doctor can find out if you are anemic with a simple blood test. Then it is just a matter of using iron supplements to bring your blood levels back up to normal and that should correct the dizziness.
#4. Low Blood Sugar
Called hypoglycemia, low blood sugar can occur suddenly if you don’t eat on a regular schedule. This also happens to diabetics who watch sugar intake levels and take insulin. Diabetics may have a pill to take if blood sugar gets too low, but it is far easier to regular blood sugar with diet than with pills and shots. Eating smaller meals more frequently instead of a few large meals spaced out can help prevent both low or high blood sugar levels.
#5. Low Blood Pressure
Really, dizziness can be caused by either high or low blood pressure. However, when we are speaking about low blood pressure in particular, you may first notice the issue when you get up too quickly. If blood pressure doesn’t regulate properly, you may get dizzy the second you sit or stand up. This could also indicate an issue in the vestibular system which may be failing to let your body know it needs to increase blood pressure because you have changed position.
#6. Meniere’s Disease
This is a vestibular disorder that causes vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing loss in the affected ear and a feeling of pressure inside the ear. Symptoms go away between episodes but can flare-up for anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours without any notice. Severe vertigo bouts can lead to nausea and dizziness or even falls.
#7. Heart Disease or Stroke
Some of the most serious causes of dizziness involve a heart attack or stroke. These are emergency medical conditions that require immediate care. As a result, it is important to know the signs of a heart attack or stroke so you can call for help immediately if you believe this is the underlying cause of your dizziness.
#8. Head or Neck Trauma
You’ve lived a long and full life, and you may not have always played it safe. Or perhaps you were the victim of some type of accident. Regardless of how the head or neck trauma was caused, it can come back to bother you in the form of dizziness, sometimes even years after the initial injury. What is the connection between injuries and dizziness?
Root Cause of Dizziness in Elderly People
For many. It goes back to slight misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae that occur during accidents or injuries. They may cause no pain or other symptoms at first. You may have written the injury off as no big deal. But it has been there all along, doing damage. In what ways?
- Brainstem function – A misaligned C1 can affect brainstem function because it encloses the area where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. This can affect communication throughout the body, including between the brain and the parts of the body that provide information regarding balance and spatial orientation.
- Cerebral blood flow – The cervical vertebrae help deliver blood to the brain through the vertebral foramen – tiny loops of bone that provide safe passage for the vertebral arteries. However, even a slight misalignment can affect blood supply and the entire central nervous system.
- Eustachian tubes – Because the atlas (C1) is close to the ears, a misalignment can have an effect on the Eustachian tubes. These tubes carry excess fluid away from the ears. Thus, a misalignment can also be an underlying factor when it comes to conditions like Meniere’s disease, which is related to an overabundance of fluid, usually in just one ear.
It makes sense then that, before you write off dizziness as an effect of aging, you get your upper cervical alignment checked by an upper cervical chiropractor. Precise and gentle adjustments are safe for patients of all ages. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.