How to Diagnose Dementia by Simple Walking?

An early and accurate diagnose of dementia, sometimes means totally different lives.

How? Simple walking helps, according to Neurology.

Here we are talking about the iNPH, ( Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus), a type of reversible dementia. It affects the senior’s walking ability and mobility, making urinary urgency, incontinence and even mild cognitive impairment or dementia. In general, this dementia can’t be detected easily as its symptoms are similar to neurological disorders, especially the PSP, (progressive supranuclear palsy), an incurable form of dementia.

To accurately differentiate, a simple walking exam can be enough, to a 97% degree. With the aging trend worldwide,  this simple walking test can benefit more and more older patients. This test consists of five separate test conditions. Patients walked at their preferred speed, a slow speed and then fastest speed in the first three tests. In the fourth test, patients  walked while counting backward. Finally, in the fifth test, participants needed to carry a tray and walked.

Here comes the result to tell the difference.

Generally, the PSP patients are prone to fling legs forward while walking and they always turn in a abrupt and uncontrolled way. As for the iNPH patients, they walk like glued to the ground with arms swing exaggeratedly, and fall more frequently.

What’s more, the walking speeds in these two disorders are obviously different when counting backward, patients with PSP slowed by 34% , while those with iNPH get slowed by 17%.  As for carrying a tray while walking, PSP patients walked slower and worse than  iNPH ones.

With a diagnostic accuracy of 97%, you can take a walking test with the above instructions, compare the differences and figure the disorder out. Of course, professional medical exams are always better.

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