A person’s gait could be early sign of Alzheimer’s

Subtle changes in the way a person walks can be an early warning sign of cognitive decline and a signal for advanced testing, researchers reported Sunday at theAlzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

The findings are the first to link a physical symptom to the disease, which up until now required doctors to begin a diagnosis by focusing on cognition and administering lengthy neurological exams. The evidence in the five studies is “robust,” experts say. They note walking changes can occur even before cognition decline surfaces.

The presentation on the opening day of a week of meetings follows a plan the U.S. government announced in May to help train doctors in earlier detection and to find a cure by 2025.

 

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