Impact of time spent walking on incident dementia in elderly Japanese

Yasutake Tomata, Shu Zhang, Yumi Sugawara, Ichiro Tsuji

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Objectives: This study examined the hypothesis that time spent walking daily has a marked impact on incident dementia. Methods/design: First, we analyzed data from a Japanese cohort (n = 13 990 aged ≥65 y) to obtain hazard ratios. Time spent walking per day (<0.5, 0.5-1, or ≥1 h) was assessed using a self-reported questionnaire. Data on 5.7-year incident dementia were retrieved from the public long-term care insurance database. After estimating the multivariate-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) of incident dementia using the Cox model, the population attributable fraction (PAF) was calculated using the prevalence in a representative Japanese survey, the “National Health and Nutrition Survey”. Results: The time spent walking per day showed an inverse association with incident dementia: the multiple-adjusted HRs (95% confidence intervals) were 1.00 (reference) for less than 0.5 hour, 0.81 [0.71, 0.92] for 0.5 to 1 hour, and 0.72 [0.62, 0.84] for more than or equal to 1 hour. Our estimates indicate that 18.1% of dementia cases would be attributable to walking if all subjects walked more than or equal to 1 h/d and 14.0% if subjects increased their daily time spent walking to one level above the present one (<0.5 to 0.5-1 or 0.5-1 to ≥1 h). Conclusions: Our results suggest that the daily time spent walking has a considerable preventive impact on incident dementia in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan


  • Japan
  • dementia
  • physical activity
  • population attributable fraction
  • walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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