Slow Walking Speed Could Be Indicator for Alzheimer’s
How fast elderly people walk may be related to the amount of amyloid plaques they have built up in their brains. These plaques are often associated with Alzheimer’s. So even if someone does not have the disease, their slow walking speed could be a risk indicator according to a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The study involved 128 people with an average age of 76 who did not have dementia but were considered at high risk for developing it because they had some concerns about their memory. Of the participants, 48 percent had a level of amyloid often associated with dementia.