After quoting from Mom’s journal, I read this article about walking speed. The essence is that those who walk slowly may do so because there are underlying health issues. At least this is what one study of seniors found.
So … what does that have to do with my mother?
Well … I remember Cuppa and me walking around Canatara Park in Sarnia with mom (aka grandma) one day in her last few years. Another lady was walking with her old mother. I wondered why their granny walked fast and ours walked so s.l.o.w.l.y. Perhaps I now know the reason.
Of course, it’s not a rule that slow walkers are necessarily unhealthy and on death’s door, but walking speed can be one helpful indicator of someone’s overall health — although I don’t suppose too many doctors would be willing to go for a walk with you just to check, assuming that they had the time.
There is clearly a group of people who walk slowly and live a long time … It’s not a death sentence ….
Even so, a slow gait can be a warning sign. A walking speed of 2.5 miles an hour is very good … whereas 1.6 miles an hour or less could be an indication of medical problems.