Could The Way You Walk ‘Predict’ Your Risk Of Dementia?

Fascinating research discussed in the Huffington Post UK this week unveils a new link between slow walking speed and poor mental health in the future.

Researchers at the Boston Medical Center conducted a series of tests on 2,400 men and women aged around 62, whose results were measured over 11 years.

From the article:

“The participants underwent tests on walking speed, hand grip strength and cognitive mental function.

After studying brain scans taken throughout the tests, scientists discovered that 34 people developed dementia over the 11-year period and 70 of them had a stroke.

Researchers found that those with a slower walking pace were 1.5 times more likely to develop dementia and those with a strong hand grip had a 42% lower risk of having a stroke over the age of 65.”

Learn more at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/16/could-the-way-you-walk-predict-dementia-chances_n_1282026.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl6%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D136543

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The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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One Response to Could The Way You Walk ‘Predict’ Your Risk Of Dementia?

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