Dizziness in community-dewelling older adults: a population-based study

Dizziness in community-dewelling older adults: a population-based study

Alternative title Tontura em idosos da comunidade: estudo de base populacional
Author Moraes, Suzana Albuquerque de Google Scholar
Souza Soares, Wuber Jefferson de Google Scholar
Silva Rodrigues, Rosilene Andrade Google Scholar
Rezende Fett, Waleria Christiane Google Scholar
Ferriolli, Eduardo Google Scholar
Perracini, Monica Rodrigues Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Univ Cidade Sao Paulo
Hlth Secretariat Mato Grosso State
Mato Grosso Fed Univ UFMT
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Dizziness is a common complaint among older adults.Aim: To identify the prevalence of dizziness and its related factors in a sample of community-dwelling older adults.Methods: A prospective population-based study with a representative sample of older adults aged 65 years and over. A multidimensional questionnaire and a battery of measures were used for assessing physical function.Results: The prevalence of dizziness was 45%. Vertigo was found in 70.4% of older adults with dizziness and 43.8% of them referred vertigo crises along life. A significant association was found between dizziness and female gender (p=0.004), memory difficulties complaints (p=0.015), bad health perception (p=0.001), depression (p<0.0001), five or more comorbidities (p=0.021), self-reported fatigue (p<0.0001), recurrent falls (p=0.001), excessive sleepiness (p=0.003), fear of falling (p<0.0001), left leg unipedal stance (p=0.002) and Short Performance Physical Battery score (p=0.009).Conclusion: Dizziness is a common complaint among older adults and it is associated with limiting clinical conditions, such as depression, fatigue, excessive sleepiness and impaired memory. It is highlighted the association between dizziness and recurrent falls, fear of falling and lower performance in physical function tests, which can restrict independence. These data suggest the importance of a multifactorial approach to dizziness in older adults.
Keywords aged
health of the elderly
Language English
Sponsor Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Grant number CNPq: 17/2006
FAPEMAT: 002.0174/2007
Date 2011-11-01
Published in Brazilian Journal Of Otorhinolaryngology. Sao Paulo: Assoc Brasileira Otorrinolaringologia & Cirurgia Cervicofacial, v. 77, n. 6, p. 691-699, 2011.
ISSN 1808-8694 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Assoc Brasileira Otorrinolaringologia & Cirurgia Cervicofacial
Extent 691-699
Origin http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1808-86942011000600003&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000298280300003
SciELO ID S1808-86942011000600003 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/43157

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