Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This new medical story has been zipping around the web recently. From the BBC: Slow Walking Predicts Dementia?
A study, published in the British Medical Journal in 2009, said there was a "strong association" between slow walking speed and death from heart attacks and other heart problems. A Journal of the American Medical Association study suggested a link between walking faster over the age of 65 and a longer life.
Dr Erica Camargo, who conducted the latest study at the Boston Medical Centre, said: "While frailty and lower physical performance in elderly people have been associated with an increased risk of dementia, we weren't sure until now how it impacted people of middle age." . . .
The researchers said slower walking speeds were linked to a higher risk of dementia and stronger grip with a lower risk of stroke.
Interesting and potentially another data point toward favoring walkable pedestrian-oriented urbanism. Thanks to Elizabeth Festa for the pointer.