Gait and balance disorders in older adults.

  title={Gait and balance disorders in older adults.},
  author={Brooke E. Salzman},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={82 1},
Gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and are a major cause of falls in this population. They are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as reduced level of function. Common causes include arthritis and orthostatic hypotension; however, most gait and balance disorders involve multiple contributing factors. Most changes in gait are related to underlying medical conditions and should not be considered an inevitable consequence of aging. Physicians caring for… CONTINUE READING