Does Walking Speed Predict Dementia?

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The study was conducted by researchers at Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Centre. Looking at nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents showed that one in ten met criteria for pre-dementia based on walking speed and cognitive complaints. Adults who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as control subjects to develop dementia over a twelve-year period.

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