Unlocking the Mysteries of Vestibular Vertigo: Navigating the Impact and Solutions

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What the heck is Vestibular Vertigo?

Vestibular vertigo, a condition affecting the inner ear, is more common than many people realize. It can be caused by an infection, medications, poor inner ear circulation, calcium particles in the semicircular canals, or an issues with the brain such as a traumatic brain injury. This intricate disorder can significantly impact one’s quality of life, with the elderly often facing unique challenges. Let’s delve into the prevalence of vestibular vertigo, its effects on individuals, especially the elderly, and explore effective treatments and their success rates.

Prevalence of Vestibular Vertigo

Vestibular vertigo is a widespread condition, affecting a significant percentage of the population. Studies suggest that approximately 40% of individuals will experience some form of vestibular dysfunction in their lifetime. This staggering statistic highlights the importance of understanding this condition, particularly as it can strike individuals of any age.

Breaking down this statistic into categories of seriousness helps shed light on the diverse nature of vestibular vertigo and its impact on individuals.

Mild Cases (Approximately 20% of total population; about 50% of the affected population)

Mild cases of vestibular vertigo may manifest as occasional dizziness or a sense of imbalance. These individuals often experience infrequent episodes that do not significantly disrupt their daily activities. Lifestyle modifications, such as dietary changes and increased hydration, coupled with occasional physical therapy, can effectively manage symptoms for many in this category.

Moderate Cases (Approximately 15% of the total population; about 37.5% of the affected population)

Individuals with moderate vestibular vertigo may encounter more frequent episodes of dizziness and unsteadiness. These symptoms can have a noticeable impact on daily life, requiring a more structured approach to treatment. Vestibular rehabilitation through targeted physical therapy exercises and medications may be recommended to address these symptoms and improve overall stability.

Severe Cases (Approximately 5% of the total population; about 12.5% of the affected population)

In severe cases, vestibular vertigo can be debilitating, significantly affecting an individual’s ability to perform routine tasks. These individuals may experience frequent and intense episodes of vertigo, leading to a compromised quality of life. Treatment for severe vestibular vertigo often involves a combination of aggressive physical therapy, specialized medications, and, in some instances, surgical interventions to address underlying issues in the inner ear.

How Vestibular Vertigo Affects People, Especially the Elderly

The vestibular system plays a crucial role in maintaining balance and spatial orientation. When this system malfunctions, it can lead to vertigo, dizziness, and a feeling of unsteadiness. In the elderly, whose vestibular systems may naturally degrade with age, these symptoms can be more pronounced. Everyday activities like walking, turning, or even getting out of bed can become challenging, significantly impacting their independence and overall well-being.

Treatments for Vestibular Vertigo

Treatment approaches are tailored to the severity of vestibular vertigo, with more intensive interventions reserved for those with moderate to severe cases. These treatments can be broadly categorized into lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medications, and, in severe cases, surgical interventions.

Lifestyle Modifications

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can contribute to managing vestibular vertigo. This includes maintaining a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, and avoiding triggers such as caffeine and alcohol.

Physical Therapy

Vestibular rehabilitation, a specialized form of physical therapy, focuses on exercises and maneuvers designed to strengthen the vestibular system. This can help individuals regain their balance and reduce the frequency and severity of vertigo episodes.

Medications

In some cases, medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms associated with vestibular vertigo. These can include anti-vertigo medications, anti-nausea drugs, or medications targeting underlying causes such as migraines.

Surgical Interventions

While less common, surgical procedures may be considered for severe cases or when other treatments prove ineffective. These interventions aim to address specific issues within the inner ear that contribute to vestibular vertigo.

Success Rates of Treatments

Success rates depend on the category of vestibular vertigo and the chosen treatment. Mild cases often respond well to lifestyle adjustments and occasional physical therapy, with success rates exceeding 70%. In moderate cases, a combination of physical therapy and medications can achieve success rates ranging from 50% to 70%. Severe cases may have lower success rates, around 30% to 50%, reflecting the complexity of managing intense and persistent symptoms.

It’s essential to note that early detection and a proactive approach to treatment can significantly enhance success rates. Regular check-ups, especially for the elderly, can help identify and address vestibular issues before they escalate.

Final Notes

Vestibular vertigo, with its varying degrees of severity, underscores the importance of personalized treatment plans. By understanding the prevalence and categorizing the seriousness of the condition, healthcare professionals can tailor interventions to effectively address the unique challenges individuals face. Whether through lifestyle adjustments, physical therapy, medications, or surgery, a targeted approach enhances the likelihood of success, allowing individuals to regain control of their lives and navigate the world with confidence.

You can watch our short video here, or watch on YouTube.

Please note that this content is informational only and is not intended to replace any  medical advice.  If you suspect you may have this condition, please seek out medical advice.

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Balancing Act: Unveiling the Power of Energy Rebalancing

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Exploring Energy Rebalancing for Wellness

Are you open to learning about alternative therapies for your wellness routine? In a recent interview, caught up with Dr. Victor Wong, who, along with his brother, operates Sincere Clinic in Calgary. As Doctors of Chinese Medicine and with over 30 years of experience, they have successfully treated a variety of medical issues using a holistic approach and unique therapies.

The Holistic Approach at Sincere Clinic

In this video, I share my family’s positive experiences at Sincere Clinic and the effectiveness of the clinic’s holistic approach in addressing such things as chronic pain and anxiety. You’ll also learn more about Dr. Wong’s practice, which includes Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and a lesser-known technique called energy rebalancing.

Understanding Energy Rebalancing

Dr. Wong delves into the concept of energy rebalancing, an approach originating from Eastern Europe. He explains how everything, including our bodies and the environment, is energy-involved. The focus is on the body’s responses to substances, shedding light on the three possible reactions and how they can lead to various health issues.

Energy Rebalancing in Practice

In a demonstration, Dr. Wong uses muscle testing to showcase the body’s response to different substances. The demonstration reveals how this technique can identify energy mismatches, which are not really allergies but rather disruptions in the body’s energy flow. The correction process is explained, emphasizing the quick and transformative nature of the therapy. Dr. Wong emphasizes the importance of addressing not just symptoms but the overall well-being of individuals.

Curious to Learn More?

If you want to learn more about this technique, please download this PDF that provides more details as well as information about how to connect with Dr. Wong.

Watch the interview and demonstration below, or watch on YouTube.

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Navigating the Holiday Season: Beyond the Glitter and Lights

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Unveiling Perspectives: Our Debut Video To Spark Dialogue on Controversial Issues

Hey folks!  Are you ready to chat about the real, unfiltered side of the holiday season?  As promised during our recent relaunch, we’re delving into some thought-provoking topics. So, let’s unwrap the first one, the Christmas conundrum, together.

Unwrapping Christmas Realities

In the spirit of authenticity, let’s unwrap the holiday season, starting with Christmas. Now, before you label me the Grinch, let’s set the record straight. These videos are not about imposing personal opinions. Instead, they’re an open invitation to explore societal perspectives and foster awareness of issues that often slip under the radar. The recent relaunch and rebranding of NEXsteps on December 1st marked a new chapter. I hinted that some of our upcoming videos would bravely tackle controversial subjects, and here we are. Let’s take a moment to unravel the layers of the holiday season, beginning with the upcoming holiday – Christmas.

Beyond the Tinsel – Societal Expectations and Stresses

December, the month of joy, carols, and anticipation. Yet, not everyone finds themselves in a winter wonderland. We’ll dig into the societal pressure to be holly and jolly, acknowledging the unspoken struggles faced by many during the holiday season. From financial strains to the complexities of travel and the ever-growing expectations surrounding gift-giving, there’s more to this season than meets the eye.

Loneliness and Kindness During the Holidays

Let’s talk about the silent struggles – loneliness and the impact of holiday blues. From seniors left in solitude to those dealing with challenging family situations, Christmas can be a tough time. We’ll discuss how simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, encouraging everyone to extend a helping hand or a warm smile to those who may need it most.

So, there you have it – our deep dive into the layers of the holiday season. As we navigate the intricacies of the holiday season, remember that beneath the glimmering lights and festive cheer, there are real people with real challenges. Let’s make this holiday season a time of genuine understanding, compassionate outreach, and authentic joy.

Be sure to watch our video to get the full story.  You can watch here, or on our YouTube channel.

Thanks for joining the conversation. Until next time, take care, spread a little extra cheer, and let’s make this holiday season truly special for everyone.

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Transforming Perspectives on Aging: The Brave New Face of Our Brand and Navigating Difficult Conversations

Transforming Perspectives on Aging: The Brave New Face of Our Brand and Navigating Difficult Conversations

Celebrating Our Relaunch on December 1st – Beyond a Logo Change

Last Friday, December 1st was a special day for us; it marked the relaunch of NEXsteps, where we’ve not only revamped our logo but also redefined our mission and approach to aging gracefully.  It’s not just a rebrand; it’s a transformation that goes beyond the surface.  So, let me take you through the incredible journey we’re embarking on!

Challenging Ageism and Misconceptions – NEXsteps’ Paradigm Shift Explained

In my initial pursuit of helping individuals with transitional aging plans, I discovered a much broader landscape. Society’s view of seniors is changing, thanks to the greying of the boomers, but there’s still work to be done. Ageism and misconceptions persist, and I’m here to challenge them.  As a result, NEXsteps is no longer just about transitional aging plans.  We’ve evolved into the champions of “The Art of Aging Well.” Why the shift? Well, let me share a little secret: Aging well isn’t just about planning for retirement; it’s a holistic experience. Living well, societal perceptions of seniors, and debunking age-related myths all play crucial roles in this journey.

Open Dialogue on Controversial Topics – NEXsteps’ Mission to Broaden Perspectives

I’m on a mission to guide you not only in aging gracefully and comfortably but also in debunking myths, challenging perceptions, and creating a space for open, honest dialogue. There’s a lot to talk about, and yes, some of it might be controversial. Now, I’m not here to dictate what you should believe or how you should think. Instead, let’s have a conversation. I want to introduce topics that make you ponder, question, and maybe even reconsider your stance. It’s about broadening our perspectives and approaching life with empathy. In a recent video, I shared the heartwarming story of Doug and Elsie, shedding light on the often-ignored reality of individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The response has been encouraging, showing that increased awareness and discussions can spark positive change.

Alongside our refreshed look, we’ve also unveiled our latest products and services. If you’re curious (and I hope you are!), please be sure to explore what we have in store for you.

I’m excited about this journey, and I invite you to join me.  I can’t wait to share more insights and stories with you.  Expect a mix of thought-provoking content and everyday advice in our upcoming videos and articles.  And don’t be surprised if we touch on controversial subjects – it’s all in the spirit of fostering understanding and growth.

If you missed our video announcing our relaunch, I invite you to watch it here, or on our YouTube channel.

Your questions and comments are always welcome! Contact us to learn more.

Agapi, NEXsteps and You

Agapi, NEXsteps and You

NEXsteps comes of age!

Why has Agapi shifted its focus towards NEXsteps? Well, you asked; we listened!

So, how did we land on NEXsteps?

Over the course of nearly four decades, we’ve been dedicated to offering business consultation and marketing strategies with purpose and integrity.  But that’s not all. In the background, we’ve been on a quest to meet the evolving needs of our aging community. And so, NEXsteps was born!

During the journey of overseeing the affairs of a loved one struggling with Alzheimer’s, our principal, Nancy Boisvert, gained firsthand insight into the extensive complexities involved. This experience highlighted how unprepared most individuals are when it comes to the intricate nuances of acting on someone else’s behalf. Astonishingly, even many professionals in advisory roles often lack comprehensive knowledge of all of the intricacies.

After lending a helping hand to many, offering guidance, information, and solutions, Nancy spotted a significant gap in support and services in this arena. Encouragement from legal, financial, and healthcare professionals propelled her to pivot her consulting career towards this space.

This endeavor started in earnest in September, 2022.  Fast forward to December 2023, and here we are – honed, polished, and ready to roll with a hybrid consultation approach that caters to your unique needs.

What’s in our toolkit?

Recognizing that everyone’s needs are as unique as a fingerprint, we’ve crafted both online consultation packages and personalized one-on-one consultations. You get to pick what suits your needs and budget because flexibility is key.

For the strategic alliances in our professional network, we extend specialized pricing for online consultation packages, as well as tailored one-on-one consulting to create customized aging plans for your clients.

There’s truly nothing like firsthand experience to impart wisdom and perspective. Leverage our wealth of learned experiences to sidestep the same pitfalls and hurdles, affording you more quality time with your loved ones rather than chasing after answers.

Launching Now!

Ready for the grand reveal? Along with our new NEXsteps branding, our suite of products and services is now live! Head to our online shop, browse around and see what catches your eye. And because we’re in the mood to celebrate, enjoy a sweet 20% off any NEXsteps product or service for a limited time. Just pop in Coupon Code AJ5BDC4G at checkout.

But wait, there’s more! We’ve got more services up our sleeves, so keep an eye out for updates. If you have specific requests, give us a shout.   We’re all ears!

Let’s make the aging journey smoother together! 🚀✨

 

Spreading Smiles: A Beautiful Story of Love, Walks, and Kindness

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Strollin’ With Dignity

Hey there, I’ve got a heartwarming story to share with you today. It’s a heartwarming tale about Doug and Elsie—a couple making their way through Alzheimer’s with love and a daily walk that’s more than just steps.

Taking The Scenic Route

Let’s dive into the charming routine of Doug, the superhero husband who makes sure Elsie gets her daily dose of fresh air, sunshine, and community warmth as they saunter through their neighborhood.

Kindness Blooms Along The Path

What’s truly touching is how people in the community interact with them. They stop to chat, show their dogs or kids, and even offer small gestures of kindness, like bringing them cookies or water on a hot day.

It’s a beautiful reminder that Elsie and Doug are not invisible, and that simple acts of recognition and kindness can make a world of difference.

Shining A Light On Alzheimer’s With Heart

This story sheds light on the often-overlooked stories of people like Elsie, reminding us to recognize their existence and cherish the unique, beautiful threads they weave into the fabric of our community.

Let The Heartwarming Vibes Inspire You

This isn’t just a story; it’s an invitation to spread joy. Join me in celebrating the small acts that make a big difference.  Let’s remember the ripple effect of kindness and make our communities a little brighter, one friendly “hello” at a time.

Watch our video here to get the whole story, or watch on YouTube.

 

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Journeying Together: NEXsteps Unveils the Blueprint for Aging Gracefully

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Are You Ready For The Blueprint For Aging Gracefully?

Hey there, it’s Nancy Boisvert from NEXsteps! I’ve got some exciting updates to share with you about my journey over the past seven years and how it led to the birth of NEXsteps. Let’s dive in and chat about some of the events that brought us here.

Taking Care of a Lifelong Friend

So, picture this: back in October 2016, a dear friend of mine faced familial Alzheimer’s. She had left her marriage behind and has no children, so asked me to be her power of attorney, and that marked the start of navigating the caregiving journey. From the early days of assistance to finding the right place for her to live, it’s been a ride!

Battling Bureaucratic Obstacles

You won’t believe the bureaucratic mazes I’ve navigated in the last seven years. From health authorities to financial hurdles, nothing was smooth sailing. I’ve learned a ton, and I can’t wait to spill the beans on the unexpected challenges I’ve faced and how I tackled them.

NEXsteps: From Rookie to Resource Maven

Over the past year, NEXsteps has been evolving, and boy, have I learned a lot about how to deliver the right info to the right audience. We’ve got some exciting packages in the works, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Aging Solutions Unveiled

Are you ready for the good stuff? I’m rolling out packages tailored to your needs and budget. Whether you’re a DIY champ or looking for a more hands-on approach, NEXsteps has got your back, providing resources and assistance to ensure your affairs are in order.

Aging with a Personal Touch

And guess what? We’re also offering one-on-one coaching! I’ll be your guide, helping you create a personalized plan for aging gracefully, tailored to your specific circumstances and keeping your affairs in check. It’s like having a caring friend by your side.

As NEXsteps gears up to launch these fantastic solutions, I’m stoked to share my experiences and wisdom with you. Aging can be a wild ride, but with the right resources, it doesn’t have to be.  It can be a dignified and organized journey.  Keep an eye out for updates!

Stay connected with NEXsteps for updates. And get ready to unlock the blueprint for aging gracefully and make your or your loved ones’ journey a smoother, more conversational experience. Can’t wait to share this exciting venture with you all!

You can check out our video update, too, either here or on YouTube.

 

Your questions and comments are always welcome! Contact us to learn more.

NEXsteps and the Culture Hack

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Finding your next steps with NEXsteps.

On August 3rd of this year, Adam Kolozetti of ENTA Solutions interviewed Nancy Boisvert, the founder of NEXsteps.  This episode aired September 21st, and we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to share our vision of NEXsteps with Adam and his larger audience.

We covered what inspired NEXsteps and a bit about some of the challenges and obstacles that can crop up when someone is managing the affairs of a loved one.  By being better prepared and understanding some of these issues, others can avoid these issues or, at least, minimize the impact they will have and the time they will take to resolve.

You can watch the episode now, or watch it on our YouTube Channel.     If you prefer, you can listen to our podcast.

You can also check it out on Adam’s channel.

Your questions and comments are always welcome.  Contact us to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

 

 

NEXsteps Appears on Your Partner In Success Radio

Updating and Shifting Your Business Strategy

Podcast interview for NEXsteps!

On December 7, 2022, NEXsteps had the honor and the privilege of being interviewed by Denise Griffitts, founder and host of Your Partner In Success™ Radio , which is ranked in the top 2% of podcasts globally.  The topic of the interview was Shifting and Updating Your Business Strategy.  During the interview, we discussed how Agapi shifted focus from providing strategic marketing and business consulting to focusing on NEXsteps, which provides consultation with all those dealing with aging transition, ensuring a solid foundation for a comprehensive aging plan is in place.

Your Partner In Success™ Radio has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc. and on MSNBC., and has been identified as one of the best business podcasts you need to be listening to now on INC. Her guest are authors, speakers, coaches and mentors, and so much more, coming from a wide range of business disciplines, from marketing and sales to leadership and productivity to share stories, wisdom, tips, and advice. What a wonderful opportunity it was, to share the stage with such inspirational and knowledgeable guests!

You can listen directly on Your Partner In Success™ Radio, Agapi’s podcast, YouTube, or wherever you listen to your podcasts, to learn more about shifting and updating your business strategy.

You can also listen directly here, on this post.

 

 

Contact us to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

 

Elevate Your Business Interview with NEXsteps

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NEXsteps interviews with Nine Business Group.

On November 9, 2022 NEXsteps founder, Nancy Boisvert, had the opportunity to be interviewed by Kent Boehm, general manager of Nine Business Group and host of the Elevate Your Business Chat series.  The burning question was what motivated Agapi’s shift in focus to NEXsteps and the transitional aging process.  While learning more about past business experiences, Kent also asked more about NEXsteps and what motivated the shift in focus.

To watch this brief but informative 13 minute video, please click below or visit our YouTube channel.  Don’t have time but want to listen? Also now available now as a podcast. Listen now to see what motivated Agapi’s shift in focus to NEXsteps and the transitional aging process.

Contact us to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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