Older adults who have slower walking speeds may have increased risk for dementia

Research suggests that older adults with slower walking speeds seem to have a greater risk for dementia than those with faster walking speeds. | Journal of the American Geriatrics Society | story via ScienceDaily

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Researchers examined information collected from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging. The study included adults aged 60 and older who lived in England. In their study, the researchers used information collected from 2002 to 2015. They assessed participants’ walking speed on two occasions in 2002-2003 and in 2004-2005, and whether or not the participants developed dementia after the tests from 2006-2015. Then, they compared the people who had developed dementia with those who had not.

Researchers discovered that of the nearly 4,000 older adults they studied, those with a slower walking speed had a greater risk of developing dementia. And people who experienced a faster decline in walking speed over a two-year period were also at higher risk for dementia.

Full story at ScienceDaily

Full reference: Hackett, R. A. et al. | Walking Speed, Cognitive Function, and Dementia Risk in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing |  Journal of the American Geriatrics SocietyMarch 2018

 

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