Construction and validation of content of one instrument to assess falls in the elderly
ABSTRACT Objective To develop and validate the content of the online Questionnaire for Fall Risk Assessment in the Elderly. Methods The instrument was developed based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization. Initially, the set of items was submitted to evaluation of judges (healthcare professionals with experience in elderly health), who could suggest inclusion or exclusion of questions from the instrument; they were also asked to rate each question according to the […]
Vertigo and dizziness in elderly patients with neurological disorders
ABSTRACTObjective:To evaluate the frequency of central vestibular disorders, vertigo and dizziness in patients aged 65 to 90 years.Methods:We analyzed 735 patients in this age range seen consecutively from January 1990 to December 2009.Results:A total of 32 patients had central vestibular disorders, and 11 had neurological disorders diagnosed by imaging.Conclusion:Vertigo and dizziness occur frequently in elderly people with neurological disorders, and affect their quality of life. Falling is common and may lead to disabling consequences.