The sense of balance is needed to stay steady and safe while walking, climbing stairs, standing up, bending over and reaching out.
The inner ear, vision and other senses all contribute to the sense of balance. The muscles respond to the senses to keep the body steady.
Balance problems are more common among older adults. A weak sense of balance or difficulty maintaining balance can have many different causes. Some are easily treated, while others may be signs of more serious health problems.
Healthy habits that help with balance include: