About the condition

Dexterity is a physical condition, where people become weaker and frailer as they get older, which causes difficulties in daily activities (grasping, heavy doors, buttons and zippers, lacing shoes), this may also cause balance issues.

Muscles wither and weaken and decrease in size, as people get older. This is called Sarcopenia. This can cause difficulties with physical mobility. Bones also weaken and become smaller, leading to a greater chance of fractures.

Dexterity in elderly people can cause physical and mobility impairments. Having these impairments can increase the chance of falls for elderly people, which can decrease their safety when they are living independently. Most people with mobility conditions use mobility aids (such as mobility scooters, crutches, canes) in order to increase their mobility safety.

In order to reduce the chances of becoming weak you should do the at least the minimum amount of exercise and physical activity that is suitable.

Balance problems in the elderly can be caused by problems with their inner ear, heart problems, head injury, medication or blood circulation problems, which can cause imbalance. These balance conditions can affect their mobility and therefore cause them to have mobility issues as well.

There are two main types of balance problems including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and Labyrinthitis. The cause of BPPV is not known, but scientists say that it could have something to do with an ear infection, aging or head injury. Labyrinthitis is an infection or inflammation of the inner ear.

Tips

  • Help yourself by making it easier for yourself to move around your house or around town to go shopping or other necessary tasks by investing in some physical aids (mobility scooter, canes).

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Did you know?

* “In the young adult, 43% of body weight is muscle. With age (above 70) lean body mass declines to about 25% of body weight.”

* “There is an increase in fat cells—to 1/3 body weight by age 70. There is also a decline in nerve activity.”