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hello docs! can you tell me what could be causing someone to have difficulty walking and balancing as they get older?

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Dr. Barry Marged
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Depends: Brain ages along with bones and every other organ as we age. Blood flow changes and organs don't work as well. This will vary in severity speed and age from person to person. However there are disease states that can also produce changes as described. There are blood tests and imaging studies that can usually identify cause.

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