"The way we walk can reflect changes in thinking and memory that highlight problems in our brain, such as dementia," co-author Riona McArdle said in a statement. "Correctly identifying what type of dementia someone has is important for clinicians and researchers as it allows patients to be given the most appropriate treatment for their needs as soon as possible."
Upon further investigation, the team determined “step length variability and step time asymmetry” could accurately identify 60% of all dementia subtypes, according to the study.
“The results from this study are exciting as they suggest that walking could be a useful tool to add to the diagnostic toolbox for dementia,” McArdle continued. “It is a key development as a more accurate diagnosis means that we know that people are getting the right treatment, care and management for the dementia they have.”
Want to learn more about their results? The findings were published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.
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