Alzheimer's May Alter Walking Style A new study says that the way a person walks can be an early indicator of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers released the study at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver Canada in July, saying that changes in how a person walks can occur even before the person begins suffering from the cognitive decline associated with the disease. The researchers say that subtle changes in the way a person walks begin, because walking and movement involve different areas of the brain that must communicate with one another effectively. As Alzheimer's disease begins affecting the brain and its ability to process information, the changes occur because the disease interferes with the brain's ability to maintain effective communication with different parts. The researchers looked at several different studies which measured various aspects of how a person walks, such as stride length, cadence, and velocity. One study found that people with decreased cadences, length of stride, and walking speed had a much greater decline in their cognitive functions. Another study showed that a person’s walking gait became much slower and variable as the brain lost its cognitive functions. Alzheimer's disease affects about 5.4 million people in the United States every year, and as the aging baby boomer generation reaches old age, an estimated 50 million more people may be impacted by 2050. Experienced estate planning attorneys Seattle WA of the Byrd Garrett PLLC offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Seattle WA. To learn more about these free resources, please visit http://www.byrdgarrett.com today.
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