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Title: Dizziness in community-dewelling older adults: a population-based study
Other Titles: Tontura em idosos da comunidade: estudo de base populacional
Authors: Moraes, Suzana Albuquerque de
Souza Soares, Wuber Jefferson de
Silva Rodrigues, Rosilene Andrade
Rezende Fett, Waleria Christiane
Ferriolli, Eduardo
Perracini, Monica Rodrigues [UNIFESP]
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)
Keywords: aged
health of the elderly
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2011
Publisher: Assoc Brasileira Otorrinolaringologia & Cirurgia Cervicofacial
Citation: Brazilian Journal Of Otorhinolaryngology. Sao Paulo: Assoc Brasileira Otorrinolaringologia & Cirurgia Cervicofacial, v. 77, n. 6, p. 691-699, 2011.
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.
ISSN: 1808-8694
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