Elderly people are more likely to suffer dizziness because they have a higher risk of developing diseases associated with dizziness, states Mayo Clinic. They are also more likely to take medications that cause dizziness. Certain cancers, inner-ear disorders or illnesses cause dizziness, according to WebMD.
Brain tumors or metastatic cancers cause dizziness, notes WebMD. Many types of vertigo are caused by low blood flow to the arteries in the body. Immediate medical attention is required if an elderly person feels suddenly dizzy, which is then accompanied by symptoms such as change in speech or vision. This is a sign of a stroke. If someone has a head injury that results in bleeding, dizziness is a sign of a serious complication that requires immediate medical attention. Doctors need to evaluate unexplained fainting spells that follow symptoms of dizziness.
Elderly people who take blood pressure medications, anti-seizure treatments or sedatives are more likely to experience dizziness as a side effect, explains Mayo Clinic. People feel lightheaded when they have an allergic reaction or when they are feeling anxious or stressed, says WebMD. Someone recovering from a flu or cold may experience dizziness in some cases. Dehydration from vomiting, diarrhea or fever causes dizziness. Breathing that is too deep or rapid is more likely to cause dizziness than normal breathing.