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Dementia – Mind your Step

There have been new findings in the study related to dementia, these various inputs like for example the gait of an individual can intimate an individual about the oncoming Alzheimer’s. The fist piece of study comes from Canada; Vancouver where the experts have been studying about the walking patterns of an individual and draw a conclusion if a person suffers from Alzheimer’s or if there is any kind of mental decline. This study was conducted by the Swiss team of experts where the walking ability of almost 1,200 participants was monitored. The results were then compared with the walking style of various healthy people.

The tests that were conducted by the experts revealed that people suffering from any kind of mental decline walked much slower as compared to healthy people. A change in walking style was also monitored. It was deducted that individuals suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) walked much faster as compared to those who suffered from dementia. This issue was also reported in a news release.

The second research was carried by the researchers in mayo clinic and this study was about aging. This study also involved walking patterns of individuals and almost 1300 individuals were observed.  At least 2 sessions involving both walking and mental skills were conducted for a period of 15 months. This study concluded that the patients who suffered from memory decline walked much slower and took shorter strides as compared to people who were healthy.

The last study was conducted by Japanese researchers which included 525 men and women and all these participants were 75 years and above. The research was based on neurological, physical and psychological assessments. Even the Japanese researchers concluded same results as the Swiss and Canadians.

The overall conclusion from all 3 reports was that Gait should be no longer linked to a separate task performed by the body. The walk of an individual is associated with the motor movements and they are well linked.