A summary of research published in Age and Aging
A new study has looked at the different aspects of walking to help develop future strategies to support healthy aging.
Measuring walking in hospital or the doctor’s office only gives a brief snapshot of how someone experiences walking.
This new study used the experiences of patients living with a broad range of health conditions to understand how walking affects people, both physically and mentally. Conditions included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip fracture, heart failure, frailty and Parkinson’s disease.
The study found that the walking experience was similar across conditions. Authors described some key themes found in the research:
This insight into the walking experience has helped researchers understand more about the needs and lived experiences of people with a range of conditions. It will help researchers develop better ways to measure the real-life experience of walking in the future that do not rely on short tests on a treadmill in a clinic. Ultimately, this will help healthcare professionals support people with walking, explore better treatment options for walking impairments and improve people’s quality of life.
This work is part of the EU-funded Mobilise-D project. Mobilise-D is a research consortium that is using digital technology to improve the measurement of walking performance in daily life. Partners from 34 top universities, hospitals and global industries are working together with patients, practitioners and industry experts to develop reliable measurements of real-world walking performance, such as how much someone walks, or their walking speed.
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