Changes in walking patterns of the elderly are closely linked to memory loss and may actually be an early clue to dementia, three new studies have found. One group of researchers studied the strides of a group of elderly patients at Basel Mobility Center in Switzerland. The study led by researcher Dr. Stephanie Bridenbaugh, found that those participants with declines in cognition tended to walk more slowly than their memory-savvy counterparts, particularly when asked to perform a simple task - such as counting backward - while walking. "Gait analysis can simply, quickly and objectively measure walking. When problems emerge, this may provide early detection of fall risk and the earliest stages of cognitive impairment in older adults," ABC News quoted Bridenbaugh as commenting in a news release. Other doctors not directly involved with the research agreed that it could be difficult for older patients to perform tasks while walking. "Someone with mild troubles trying to remember things, they might not be focused as much on walking," said Dr. William Hu, assistant professor of neurology at Emory University. "I hear this all the time from patients: 'I was rushing to go to the grocery store, and I left my purse at home.' Asking a person to do another thing while walking really tests their cognitive reserve," he noted. Another set of researchers at the Mayo Clinic found similar results. The scientists looked at the changes in the pace and the stride of their patients over the span of 15 months. They found that these changes in walking were directly correlated to their memory loss. Heather Snyder, senior associate director of the Alzheimer's Association, reports that these studies "continue to build the evidence that there is a connection between gait and cognition." The studies were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday.Source: ANI << Light Trick to See Through Skin Revealed Tumor Growth in Mice Delayed by Cancer Smart Bomb >> Recommended Reading Brain Exercises to Improve Memory An active brain can certainly help in improving memory by strengthening the connections between neural impulses in brain. READ MORE Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by symptoms of thought, behavior and social problems. READ MORE Alzheimers Disease Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting memory and thinking and making the person increasingly dependent on others. READ MORE Dyslexia Dyslexia is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Accident and Trauma Care Indian Medical Journals More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?