Senility Can be Measured by Walking Speed


walking speed dementiaThe brain’s ability to remember can be seen from the speed of walking, or other body skills. In people aged 90 years, for example, those who have difficulty in walking are more likely to develop dementia.

A study was conducted for the physical ability test, the researchers involved 629 elderly people. The tests include walking as far as four meters, standing from his/her seat, balance and movement. The worse the results of physical tests, the more likely they are to experience dementia, decreased brain function usually begins with symptoms of dementia. People who walks slow tend to experience dementia.

For example, those who walks slower, are more likely to have dementia, compared with those who walks faster. “The results show that the decline in physical performance is associated with an increased likelihood of dementia. We see based on their balance while standing, and the ability or strength to grip something,” explains Dr. Szofia Bullain, one of the researchers from the University of California.

The study, published in the Archives of Neurology journal, has previously examined the relation between the decline in physical ability and memory impairments of someone.

Cognitive decline itself is associated with the formation of plaques in some brain areas. Plaques then destroy neurons and trigger the destruction of brain tissue which is characterized by memory loss or dementia, and behavioral disorders.

The Daily Mail also wrote, that memory loss can also be associated to poor eating habits. Junk food, for example, these foods can instantly raise consciousness pressure and cholesterol. This condition will interfere with the blood supply and insulin to the brain.

While insulin is needed to strengthen the relationship between brain cells, keeping blood vessels to keep blood and oxygen supply to the brain, to improve the ability to think and remember.