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Gait Evaluation Determined to be Effective Early Indicator of Dementia

The New York Times recently reported  that gait evaluation can be an accurate early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease and other  causes of cognitive impairment.  Studies show that when people’s thinking slows, their walking ability declines almost in parallel.   Experts say that by focusing on gait, physical therapists and doctors may be the first to recognizing dementia and offer approaches to improve mobility.  There is also speculation that exercises to improve fitness and coordination can help stave off dementia.

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