Slower walking may indicate Alzheimer's

Slower walking may indicate Alzheimer's

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by Evan Sernoffsky

kgw.com

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 5:33 PM

Small changes in the way a person walks may be early signals of memory declines in the brain.

Although some walking difficulty is a common part of the aging process -- researchers say pronounced slowing of walking pace or a more variable stride could indicate early signs of cognitive decline.

Their study of more than 1,100 elderly adults showed those with Alzheimer’s disease walked much slower than those with mild cognitive impairment and healthy adults.

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