Risk of imbalance in elderly people with impaired hearing or vision.

Title

Risk of imbalance in elderly people with impaired hearing or vision.

Creator

Gerson L W; Jarjoura D; McCord G

Publisher

Age and ageing

Date

1989
1989-01

Description

We evaluated the effect of impaired hearing and vision on balance in a sample of 977 elderly people residing in the community. Of the sample, 21% reported balance problems, 27% vision problems, and 30% hearing problems. The increased relative risk for balance problems was 1.7 for each 10-year age increment. Women were 1.7 times more likely to report balance problems than were men. The relative risk of imbalance with impaired vision decreased with age from 2.8 in those aged 65-69 years to 1.0 in those over 85 years. There was no age-hearing interaction, the relative risk for impaired hearing is 1.6. It appears that impaired vision and hearing are important risk factors for imbalance and perhaps falls and injury.

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Aged; Risk Factors; Age Factors; Accidental Falls; *Postural Balance; Hearing Disorders/*complications; Vision Disorders/*complications; 80 and over; 80 and Over; Balance; Postural; Hearing Disorders – Complications; Vision Disorders – Complications

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

31–34

Issue

1

Volume

18

Citation

Gerson L W; Jarjoura D; McCord G, “Risk of imbalance in elderly people with impaired hearing or vision.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 26, 2022, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5419.

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