17 Feb 2012

Walking speed linked to likelihood of dementia

5:31 am on 17 February 2012

Researchers in the United States say the speed someone walks may predict the likelihood of developing dementia.

Brain scans, walking speed and grip strength were recorded for about 2500 people who were, on average, aged 62.

Eleven years later, 34 had developed dementia and 79 had had a stroke.

The researchers say slower walking speeds were linked to a higher risk of dementia, and a stronger grip with a lower risk of stroke.