Early Dementia Diagnosis Tool: Can Walking And Talking Be A Predictor of Dementia?

Early Dementia Diagnosis Tool: Can Walking And Talking Be A Predictor of Dementia?

An new early dementia diagnosis tool offers promise to identify people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who are at risk of dementia.

The Gait and Brain Study involved 112 older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to walk while at the same time perform cognitively challenging activities such as counting backwards or naming animals. In some cases, the study followed up participants for over 6years.

Gait and Brain Study Findings

What they found was those people who performed poorly on dual task gait testing demonstrated a 2 to 3 of risk of experiencing dementia regardless of age, sex, other health conditions, education or base line cognitive performance.

What Does This Mean For Practice

Dual-task gait testing has the potential to assist clinicians to detect patients with mild cognitive impairment who are at higher risk of progression to dementia. The functional-maker has the potential to be used in the clinical setting and may complement other standardised tools.

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