When the average person thinks of dementia, generally Alzheimer’s disease comes to mind. At the same time, the person will likely think of memory loss. Both of these conclusions are understandable since Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and memory issues are often, though not always, the first symptom of that disease.
Surprising then, to many people, is the fact that there may be earlier indicators of potential Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia than frequent memory lapses.
If we feel that dementia may be in our future or that of our loved one, what other indications of cognitive change should we watch for?
Slow walking can be an early indicator of AD. Researchers led by Natalia del Campo, PhD, of the Gerontopole and the Center of Excellence in Neurodegeneration of Toulouse, in France, found a connection between the amyloid plaque buildup that is often associated with Alzheimer’s disease and the slowing of a person’s walk. While this was done with people already showing other signs that may point to Alzheimer’s, a study done as far back as 2012 discovered that