Neurodegenerative Disease (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s disease)
Special Symposium (ACRM Program Committee ONLY)
Early identification of both gait and cognitive decline is of upmost importance to optimize prevention strategies and recommendations for successful rehabilitative care. Research supports that gait precedes and predicts cognitive decline in older adults. This symposium will explore this intricate association between gait and cognitive function as to evaluate how gait patters manifests in individuals with impaired mobility and if it is associated to lower cognitive function and poorer health outcomes. This symposium will provide novel evidence for gait as a clinical biomarker for detecting early health problems that could precede, or be an indicator, of more serious disease development.