BOSTON—Dizziness is a particular danger among the elderly, but extra care taken by physicians can help ease their problems and help keep older patients functioning, panelists said at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, held here Sept. 26-29.
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Treatment tactics used for younger patients might not always be suitable for elderly patients, they said, but new therapy tools can help the elderly feel less helpless against the sensation of being off balance.
Concerns about dizziness in elderly patients come as the Baby Boomer generation ages, bringing a huge number of new, older patients, said David Eibling, MD, chair of the AAO-HNS’ Geriatric Otolaryngology Committee. “A tsunami of Baby Boomers is just now hitting the Medicare and Medicaid ages,” he said.