Targeting walking impairment in the older Multiple Sclerosis population

Takeaway

  • There is a decline in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), walking speed and, walking endurance with increasing age in MS, however, identifying interventions that target MVPA may lead to improvement in physical function and the quality of life in elderly patients.

Why this matters

  • The association between physician activity and walking performance has been studied in the younger and middle-aged adult multiple sclerosis population but not in the rapidly growing population of older adults with MS.

  • Older adults with MS have greater walking problems and are less physically active and interventions that target moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) may improve walking impairment in this population.