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Balance | Common Signs

  • Can sit unsupported but cannot reach for something, or withstand a nudge
  • Can stand unsupported but cannot reach or bend
  • Cannot sit unsupported
  • Cannot stand unsupported
  • Loses balance when going from sitting to standing
  • Can walk and not lose balance
  • Needs a walking aid for support and balance
  • Balance is worse at night
  • Falls often (this can be a sign of parkinsonism )
Balance | General Description

As Alzheimer's disease advances, the disease may begin to affect areas of the brain that are responsible for movement and balance . As a result, the person you care for may have increasing difficulty with their balance as the disease progresses.

Mobility and balance are major determinants of independence. The person you care for may or may not need assistance depending on their degree of balance when walking, standing or sitting. A person's balance can decrease from being able to sit or stand unsupported with a full range of motion, to not being able to balance with a large change in position, to needing assistance or aid with their balance when moving.

Impaired balance can be a risk to the safety of the person you care for. Poor standing balance increases the risk of falls, which can lead to broken bones, discomfort, pain and even less mobility. If the person you care for has poor balance when sitting, they will need your assistance at all times to prevent them from falling out of their chair or slumping into a potentially dangerous position.

The person you care for may find that their balance is worse at night. This occurs mainly because it is difficult to see and orient one's self in a dark environment.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Leisure Activities > Social Interaction/ Withdrawal
Symptom Library > Physical Changes > Sensory Input
Symptom Library > Physical Changes > Mobility
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Agnosia
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About Dementia > Types of Dementia > Dementia with Lewy Bodies
About Dementia > Types of Dementia > Parkinson's Disease
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