Jul 16, 2012

By Jane Brown

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If you’re concerned an elderly family member may be experiencing the beginnings of dementia or Alzheimer’s, researchers say you should take a good look at how that person is walking. 

Changes in the way a person walks could indicate a decline in their cognitive function.

That’s the finding of three studies presented yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association’s international conference in Vancouver.

One of the studies, conducted in Switzerland, found that gait became slower and more variable as cognitive decline progressed.

The studies suggest that measuring gait changes could be a valuable tool for monitoring progression of the disease.

The studies also suggest that exercise might provide some protection from memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

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