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.