What should I know about dizziness?
People living with chronic disease are more likely to feel dizzy or lightheaded as a symptom of their disease or due to medication side effects.
This can increase the risk of a falls and impact daily activities.
What to do if your loved one feels dizzy:
- Sit down until the feeling stops
- When sitting or standing, move slowly to avoid falls
How can I prevent my loved one from feeling light-headed and dizzy?
- Ensure medication is taken correctly, and speak to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor about side effects
- Stay active and exercise daily
- Instead of eating a few large meals, eat several small meals during the day
- Stay hydrated
- Rest after eating
- Sleep with head on a pillow(s)
- Avoid very hot places (e.g., hot tubs, hot showers or baths)
- Make sure the home has proper lighting to avoid falls
- Wear proper fitting footwear
- Have mobility aids (walker, cane, etc.) nearby when standing up
View the Dizziness Story Sheet to learn about what to do if your loved one is experiencing dizziness.