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CAPE GAZETYE, Tuesday, April 12 -April 14, 2005 - 29 Is it. normal for seniors to lose their balance? Dear Fred: I'm not sure what's going on, but, once in a while, I find myself losing my balance. Is this just an aging thing or what? - Off-Balance in San Fran- cisco Dear Off Balance: About one in 10 people older than 65 experi- ence difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Ameri- cans will go to a doctor complain- ing of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem. Inner- ear disturbances are the primary cause. Losing balance when you're older is serious stuff. The Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion reports that each year more than one-third of people older than 65 years suffer a fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. And, even if the fall doesn't kill you, you could fracture a hip and then HEALTHY GEEZER Fred Cicetti Fred Cieetti, a first-class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior cit- izens. To ask a question, send an email to fredci- cetti@gmail.com. Not all balance problems have the same cause. Here are several balance problems, you get vertigo when you change the position of your head. You may also experi- ence BPPV when you roll over, get out of bed, or when look on a high shelf. BPPV is more likely in people older than 60. Labyrinthitis, an infection or in- flammation of the inner ear - The labyrinth is the organ in your in- ner ear that enables you to main- tain balance. M6ni6re's disease - can give you intermittent hearing loss, a ringing or roaring in the ears, and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Other causes may involve an- other part of the body, such as the brain or the heart. Aging," infec- tions, head injury, certain medi- cines or problems with blood cir- culation may also cause problems with balance. Blood-pressure medications and some antibiotics can cause balance problems. If you are tak- ance problem and don't know it. Balance disorders can be difficult to diagnose because patients sometimes can't describe their symptoms well. Balance disorders can be signs of other health problems, so it's important to have them checked out. If you can answer any of the following positively, discuss the symptom with your doctor. Do I feel unsteady? Disorient- ed? As if the room is spinning? As if I'm moving when I'm still? As if I'm'falling? As if I might faint? Also, do you ever lose your balance and fall? Or, do you ex- perience blurred vision? Persistent balance problems are not something you should pass off as a harmless part of the aging process. They should always be examined carefully. Family Health of Georgetown announces ESk00dar A. Yazaji Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Accepting new patients in Georgetown. a whole bunch of problems will. major ones: ing any drugs in these categories can cascade over you: limitations Benign paroxysmal positional and feel off-balance, it's worth on activities, isolation, loss of in- vertigo (BPPV) - With BPPV, one discussing with your doctor. dependence and depression, of the most common causes of Some people may have a bal- Youths to participate in Kick Butts Day April 16 First State Community Action Agency and students from Sussex County communities are joining thousands across the country who are taking part in Kick Butts Day, set for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 16, on The Circle in George- town. Following the event will be a celebration at the Sussex Boys & Girls Club from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Youths collected 9,641 cigarette butts from around The Circle, March 27, for the Kick Butts Day event. 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