Slowed Gait, Memory Problems May Predict Dementia in Healthy Adults

Old woman
Old woman
Lead researcher Joe Verghese, MBBS, noticed a link between cognitive decline and slow gait in his patients.

A higher incidence of a pre-dementia condition called motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR) was seen with advancing age in older, healthy adults, according to researchers.

Joe Verghese, MBBS, of the Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and colleagues examined incidence rates of MCR in 3,128 adults aged 60 years and older, MCR- and dementia-free at baseline, participating in 4 US-based cohort studies. In adults ages 60 and up, the overall age- and sex-adjusted incidence of MCR was 65.2/1,000 person-years (95% CI 53.3-77.1).

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