A Quick Guide for the SLP on Vestibular and Balance Disorders in the Elderly The complaint of dizziness and balance disorders is among the most common reasons for visits to health care professionals by geriatric patients. As part of a multi-disciplinary approach to health care, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may be called upon to refer patients with vestibular and balance disorders to other professionals for ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2010
A Quick Guide for the SLP on Vestibular and Balance Disorders in the Elderly
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  • Jorge E. González
    Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA
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Balance & Balance Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2010
A Quick Guide for the SLP on Vestibular and Balance Disorders in the Elderly
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2010, Vol. 15, 19-25. doi:10.1044/gero15.1.19
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2010, Vol. 15, 19-25. doi:10.1044/gero15.1.19

The complaint of dizziness and balance disorders is among the most common reasons for visits to health care professionals by geriatric patients. As part of a multi-disciplinary approach to health care, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may be called upon to refer patients with vestibular and balance disorders to other professionals for evaluation and treatment. In order to do this properly, the SLP should have a functional understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system, the common symptoms and possible disorders, and the diagnosis and treatment techniques available to the patients. The purpose of this article is to present the SLP with information on these topics. Although it cannot cover all of the topics that are associated with these disorders, the information provided will help the SLP provide the best possible care to the patients.

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