Slow midlife gait speed is linked to fast aging, poor juvenile neurocognition and cognitive decline

Takeaway

  • At midlife, gait speed is already linked to physical and biological indicators of accelerated aging, which may be caused by central nervous system deficits in childhood.

Why this matters

    Gait speed is not simply a sign of geriatric functional decline; it is an indicator of lifelong aging and could explain why gait is such a strong predictor of disability and death risk in the elderly.