It’s already been proven that regular exercise is good for the mind. Simply incorporating 30-60 minutes per day of moderate walking, yoga, swimming, or other physical activity can keep dementia at bay.

Now, a study by neurologist Joe Verghese has suggested that slow walking may be a sign of cognitive impairment in a loved one. ‘Slow’ is defined as anything less than 2.2 miles per hour (an average walking speed is about 3.1 mph).

Verghese’s study may be a key element in early detection of dementia. And the sooner a cognitive disorder, dementia or Alzheimer’s is detected, the more likely it is that treatment outcomes will be successful.

In addition to preventing or slowing dementia, walking at a more brisk pace has also been linked to longevity. And though the weather is getting cooler, there’s still plenty of time left in the season to get moving. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, or having trouble with tasks that used to come easy, consult an Embassy Healthcare professional. We're here to help.