New Delhi, Mar 25: Older adults who have slower walking speeds may have increased risk for dementia.
Because there's currently no cure for dementia, it's important to know about risk factors that may lead to developing it. For example, researchers have learned that older adults with slower walking speeds seem to have a greater risk than those with faster walking speeds.
Recently, researchers have learned more about changes in walking speed, changes in the ability to think and make decisions, and dementia.
The findings, led by Ruth A. Hackett, from the University College London, showed that people who experienced a faster decline in walking speed over a two-year period were also at higher risk for dementia.
People who had a poorer ability to think and make decisions, and those whose cognitive (thinking) abilities declined more quickly were also more likely to be diagnosed with dementia.