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Walking speed helps predict future cognitive decline.
Walking speed helps predict future cognitive decline. (Insidermedicine Video – Friday 1 August 2014) From New York - A simple test, measuring walking speed and a few cognitive questions seems to predict risk of dementia. Published online in the journal Neurology the study included 27,000 participants with an average followup of 12-years. Researchers measured gait speed and asked participants whether had any cognitive concerns, about their memory for example. 9.7 % met the criteria for Motor Cognitive Syndrome (MCR), a slow walk and cognitive complaints. These patients were twice as likely to suffer dementia within 12 years.
 
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