(Science Daily) A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. People who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as others to develop dementia within 12 years. The study was published online in Neurologyå¨, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
ÛÏAfter dancing, over several months they reported less pain and were able to walk faster,Û said Jean Krampe, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at Saint Louis University and lead author of the article. The findings are significant because older adults who walk too slowly are more likely to fall, become hospitalized or require care from others, Krampe said. ÛÏDoctors and nurses recognize gait speed as the sixth vital sign that can help us predict adverse outcomes for older adults,Û Krampe said. So given that, what if we helped older adults walk faster? Would the results of the MCR be the same? Who know? My suggestion, play it safe and move faster!