Results of a new study, conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, may be encouraging for those looking for a way to maintain an independent lifestyle as they age. Sify.com reports that the study suggests that brain fitness programs can potentially help frail, elderly individuals walk faster.
According to the news source, the findings were discovered when scientists studied 20 participants over the age of 70 who walked slowly.
Half of the patients participated in brain exercises that worked their focus and planning. After eight weeks, the 10 who received the training improved their walking speed from the start of the trial.
"This was a small study - we're now preparing to do a larger clinical trial - but the results suggest that brain fitness programs show promise for helping the frail elderly walk better," lead author Joe Verghese told the news provider.
The findings could be good news for senior citizens who are looking for a way to regain their independence. The Administration on Aging reports that recent surveys have found upward of 25 percent of Medicare beneficiaries over the age of 65 have trouble with at least one activity of daily living.