Have you noticed a loved one walking slower? This could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s! According to a recent study conducted by a group of French researchers led by Natalia del Campo PhD, the reduction of speed of one’s gait below normal levels is closely related to the amount of plaques which can negatively affect brain function by destroying nerve cells. The reduction of walking speed appears to be likely associated in time with mild memory issues, yet prior to advanced dementia symptoms. The subjects of the study were 128 people who had an average age of 76 and were believed to be at high risk for dementia. The members of the study were tested using positron emission tomography (PET) scans to determine their individual level of amyloid plaques in their brains. Half of the members of the study group had levels of buildup consistent with dementia. The study group was then asked to walk four meters. A strong correlation was found between those subjects with slower than normal walking speeds and increased levels of amyloid buildup. If you notice a combination of memory issues and slowing in walking speed of a loved one, it would be a good time to have them looked at by their medical professional.
Is a Loved One Walking Slower?
About the Author: Alisa Armon
Alisa Armon is the President and Administrator of Heartrock Care, Inc. Heartrock Care is a State of Nevada licensed Personal Care Agency providing in-home care for seniors, disabled and those in need of assistance with daily living activities. Alisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Nevada.