Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered problems in walking including slow gait and a short stride could predict an increased risk of cognitive decline. The findings are being presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference July 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mayo Clinic researchers are presenting on several topics, including the following: MULTIMEDIA ALERT: For multimedia resources including interviews with study authors visit Mayo Clinic News Network. Gait disturbances linked with decline in cognitive function Embargoed until Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. PDT Researchers measured the stride length, cadence and velocity of more than 1,341 participants through a computerized gait instrument at two or more visits roughly 15 months apart. Researchers found that study participants with lower cadence, velocity and length of stride experienced significantly larger declines in global cognition, memory and executive function. "These results support a possible role of gait changes as an early predictor of cognitive impairment," said study author Rodolfo Savica, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Researchers refine guidelines designed to identify Alzheimer's earlyEmbargoed until Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. PDT Mayo Clinic researchers, the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association published new guidelines in April for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. They separate the progression of Alzheimer's into three stages: (1) pre-clinical (or pre-symptomatic) Alzheimer's disease, (2) mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease, and (3) Alzheimer's disease dementia. At this year's conference, Mayo Clinic researchers reported on the validity of Stage 2 MCI. This stage was designed to differentiate patients with early Alzheimer's disease from those with other cognitive issues. Researchers studied 156 people who met the criteria for MCI. Of those, 67 percent had evidence of early Alzheimer's disease. "These results indicate that the new diagnostic criteria for MCI due to Alzheimer's works quite well," said study author Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D, a Mayo Clinic neurologist. "Ultimately, though, the validity of these new criteria will be determined by the long-term outcome of these subjects." Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's expert Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., receives lifetime achievement awardEmbargoed for release until Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT The 2012 Zaven Khachaturian Award was presented to Ronald Peterson, M.D., Ph.D. and Cora Kanow Professor in Alzheimer's Disease Research. Dr. Petersen is the director of Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. The award recognizes an individual whose compelling vision, selfless dedication, and extraordinary achievement has significantly advanced the field of Alzheimer's science. Dr. Petersen's current research focuses on the study of normal aging, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. He was appointed chair of the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the National Alzheimer's Project Act by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and he took a leading role drafting the first U.S. National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. Source: Eurekalert << The Latest Major Platform for News Is Youtube WHO Says HIV Drug Resistance Creeps Higher >> Recommended Reading Alzheimers Disease Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting memory and thinking and making the person increasingly dependent on others. READ MORE Diseases Related to Old Age Ageing is referred to the accumulation of changes that brings a person closer to death. READ MORE Caring for Alzheimers disease patients Alzheimer's disease is a complex brain disorder that triggers the most common form of dementia. The slide show will show how patients need support and care as dementia progresses. READ MORE Stop Ageing Start Walking Walking expands the hippocampus region of the brain and significantly improves a person's memory. 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 Blood - Sugar Chart A-Z Drug Brands in India Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) 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?