Brain health and walking speed often decline together

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Slower gait speed and cognitive decline may be related, according to a study published online April 12, 2020, by the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Scientists recorded the gait speed and cognitive health of 370 people in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging (SALSA). Cognitive health was measured with a test that assessed orientation to time and place, attention, recall, language, and other aspects. Gait speed was measured with a timed 10-foot walk.

Following up after almost 10 years, the researchers found a direct link between slower speeds and lower cognitive scores. In fact, those who had both poor cognition and slow gait speed at the beginning showed the steepest decline. In comparison, those who had stable gait speeds over time scored well on the cognitive tests.

According to the researchers, cognition and gait speed may be altered by similar factors, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and abnormal deposits of beta-amyloid and tau proteins in the brain, which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV 

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV

  The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24 NIV

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV

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