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New Alzheimer's Test Flags Risk By Person's Walk

By    |   Friday, 12 Sep 2014 05:13 PM

New research suggests the way older people walk — as well as memory lapses — may provide early and reliable clues that they are suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
A new analysis of studies, led by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, found that seniors with cognitive complaints (such as memory loss) whose walking pace begins to slow noticeably are more than twice as likely to develop dementia within 12 years.
In an exclusive interview on this week’s Newsmax TV Meet the Doctors program, lead researcher Joe Verghese , M.D., says that combination of symptoms may indicate how well seniors’ brains are aging and functioning, and could provide a simple new way for doctors to identify seniors at risk for Alzheimer’s, which could speed treatment.
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“Many years ago when I was a researcher working in an aging study I examined hundreds of older people and one of the thing I noticed is that all the people were walking slowly. When I  looked that their cognitive tests [and] memory tests, I noticed that they were abnormal too,” says Dr. Verghese, who heads up the Center for the Aging Brain and the Department of Geriatrics at Einstein’s Montefiore Headache Center in New York.
“So this gave me an idea that maybe we could use a simple sign, such as walking, [to] predict who would be at risk for dementia.”
The findings, published in Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology, are among the latest to develop an easy, affordable way to diagnose dementia, which is best treated when therapy begins early.
To view a complete report on the new Alzheimer’s test, tune in Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. (E.S.T.) to Newsmax TV’s Meet the Doctors program, at NewsmaxTV.com, or DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223.

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A new study suggests the way older people walk - as well as memory lapses - may provide early and reliable clues that they may be suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
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