Chief complaint: “I’m concerned about my balance.”
Further questioning reveals a subjective complaint of “wobbliness.” Has never fallen. No vertigo. Romberg testing is negative (standing with feet together and eyes closed sways only a little). Neurologic exam is normal.
I gently suggest that he try using a cane, mainly for reassurance while walking.
“Oh, Doctor. I don’t want to do that.”
“It’ll make me look like an old man.”
Uh, sir: you’re 88. I think that ship has sailed.