Slower Walking Speed May Indicate Higher Dementia Risk

A higher incidence of a pre-dementia condition called motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR) was seen with advancing age in older, healthy adults, according to researchers.

They also identified potentially modifiable risk factors associated with a higher risk for MCR. Obesity was associated with a 39% greater risk for slow gait and cognitive complaint and sedentary lifestyle was associated with a 76% increase in risk.

In addition, gait speed may help identify patients at risk for dementia. Older patients who walked slowly were more likely to also have clinically meaningful cognitive decline when tested.

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