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Walking Irregularities a Harbinger of Cognitive Decline?

Discussion in 'Gerontology' started by CamWhite, Jul 17, 2012.

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    In PM News this morning, and later on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", people are talking about gait disturbances among the elderly are are potential early warning signs for cognitive decline, including Alzheimers.

    I'm not in disagreement that a diseased brain probably affects ambulation, but there are so many other pathologies that affect gait that probably have no impact on mental health. Hallux rigidus, peripheral neuropathy, and a multitude of other pathologies affect gait, but I'm not sure they lead to cognitive decay. My father-in-law is in his late 80's. He has Meniere's disease. If spinal fluid builds up too much, it affects his gait, balance and cognitive abilities. Once the pressure is released, he is fine and very aware of his surroundings.

    If gait disturbances can help identify early onset Alzheimer's disease, then I hope it is part of a multidisciplinary approach in getting an accurate diagnosis. I have seen way too many elderly people with disturbed gait that are sharp as they can be. I would hate to see them rounded up, evaluated and medicated if they have occasional "senior moments".

    I'm not disputing the findings of the studies, they seem fairly obvious. The more diseased a brain becomes, the more it affects gait. I'm just concerned that poor gait, or changing gait patterns can lead people to drawing erroneous conclusions.
     
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    Reproducibility of gait variability measures in people with Alzheimer's disease
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    Gait Speed And Cognitive Decline Over 2 Years In The Ibadan Study Of Ageing
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    The impact of time of day on the gait and balance control of Alzheimer's patients.
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    What can gait tell us about dementia? Review of epidemiological and neuropsychological evidence
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