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Gait Changes as Indicator of Cognitive Health Decline

Posted Jul 17 2012 5:48am

Footprints to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait (The New York Times) “The way people walk appears to speak volumes about the way they think, so much so that changes in an older person’s gait appear to be an early indicator of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease…Five studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month provide striking evidence that when a person’s walk gets slower or becomes more variable or less controlled, his cognitive function is also suffering…Asking people to simultaneously perform thinking and movement tasks revealed “deficits that you can’t see with the naked eye,” Dr. Bridenbaugh said. It may be that the brain is already so compromised that it cannot coordinate its circuits to efficiently manage such “dual tasks.”

–> To learn more about these papers presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, click Here .

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