Victims of Parkinson's disease carry an elevated risk of falls with injury since they have trouble walking and talking, a new Florida State University study has revealed. The study found that older adults with Parkinson's disease altered their gait - stride length, step velocity and the time they spent stabilizing on two feet - when asked to perform increasingly difficult verbal tasks while walking. But the real surprise was that even older adults without a neurological impairment demonstrated similar difficulties walking and talking. A disruption in gait could place Parkinson's patients and the elderly at an increased risk of falls, according to the Florida State researchers. Francis Eppes Professor of Communication Science and Disorders Leonard L. LaPointe and co-authors Julie A.G. Stierwalt, associate professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders, and Charles G. Maitland, professor of neurology in the College of Medicine, were part of the study. "These results suggest that it might be prudent for health care professionals and caregivers to alter expectations and monitor cognitive-linguistic demands placed on these individuals while they are walking, particularly during increased risk situations such as descending stairs, in low-light conditions or avoiding obstructions," LaPointe said. In other words, don't ask an elderly person or someone with Parkinson's to give directions or provide a thoughtful response to a complicated question while walking. "One of the most common dual tasks performed is talking while walking," the researchers wrote. "In isolation, neither talking nor walking would be considered difficult to perform, yet when coupled, the relative ease of each task may change." The study will be published in the October issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.Source: ANI << Practice may Not Make You Perfect Especially in Reading and... Wondering Where the Selfish Behavior Came From? >> Recommended Reading Parkinsons Disease Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by progressive dopamine brain cells loss. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease are correctable to an extent. READ MORE Drug Firm to Pay Huge Damages to Parkinsons Disease Sufferer A French Parkinson's sufferer who turned into a gambler and thief, with compulsive homosexual urges thanks to the drugs he took, is all set to receive a huge compensation. READ MORE Nose may Hold Key to Parkinson's Cure A new study from Griffith University suggests that Parkinson's patients' nose may harbour a cure for the disease. READ MORE Parkinson Disease at a Younger Age Attributed to Gene Abnormality According to a study published in the September 18, 2007, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people with a certain gene mutation READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Nutritional Management of Parkinsons disease Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder which leads to many other related effects. Nutrition plays an important role in management of the disease. 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 Indian Medical Journals Post-Nasal Drip Find a Hospital More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseNutritional Management of Parkinsons diseaseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?