Dementia and walking frames – not an inevitable part of ageing

By Carmel Reid, Volunteer, Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia

I read an article recently about Dementia that mentioned the stunning effect a change of diet had on one woman who totally recovered her senses and no longer had dementia. This caused me to stop and reflect on my many friends who are associated with Universal Medicine most of whom follow a healthy diet with plenty of meat, fish, and vegetables and no alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy or refined sugar. Interestingly none of these friends, who are in their 60s, 70s and 80s, have dementia or any signs of it and to me this is worth noting.  Of course, there is more to dementia than diet alone but it is a contributing factor and one we can all do something about.

I’ve met a lot of people with dementia recently because I’ve been volunteering in an elderly care home and I work with residents of differing abilities and varying ages – some are mentally just not there, others are physically disabled but mentally fully present and others are in between. Some move around in wheelchairs and some use walking frames and walking aids with wheels that make them bend over even more.


And then it occurred to me that, of all my Universal Medicine friends, none of them use walking aids, including many who are well into their eighties. Not even a walking stick is in sight when you enter the hall where an event is taking place. I recently attended an event with over 300 people and there were people present with cancer and other serious ailments, but every single one of them was walking independently with an upright posture and a smile. There is always disability access and facilities at Universal Medicine events should this be required, but for the most part, it is not needed.

So, what is it about Universal Medicine that leaves the elderly walking upright? Apart from living healthy physical lifestyles, many have been working on letting go of lifetimes of burdens, hurts, guilt, all the mental stuff that wears us down and makes us feel small and later, old. In addition, the walking therapies presented by Serge Benhayon help people to walk free from such burdens – to walk as themselves, from their essence with true power and grace.

Serge Benhayon, founder of Universal Medicine, is an inspiring presenter and his words are always confirming of the amazingness that we all innately are and he inspires us to connect with and live that innate love in our everyday lives. Living in this loving way, connected with the essence of who we are, keeps us young at heart and this is reflected in our faces and our bodies as we age with many experiencing a sense of self-worth not previously felt.

The companies that make profits from all these walking frames and walking aids and the pharmaceutical companies that create drugs for dementia may not want this news to get about, that changing our lifestyle to a more true and loving way of living can potentially prevent these ailments, but hey – I’m shouting it from the rooftops – we don’t need to be sick as we get older, we can take good care of our bodies and walk free.

Let’s get healthy as we age – why not?


Read more:

  1. Dementia – is it truly a mystery? 
  2. Checking out: are we sowing the seeds of our own dementia? 
  3. People with dementia – checking out. 

591 thoughts on “Dementia and walking frames – not an inevitable part of ageing

  1. A life lived purposefully into elder years enhances quality of life and brings joy. For those who haven’t seen it check out Channel 4 documentary ‘The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes” ( Bristol UK) or read on-line articles about the original experiment in Japan where a group of people living with dementia are hired to run a restaurant. We see incredible transformations when people are valued and have purpose:participant’s self esteem, self worth and confidence shoot through the roof, no longer existing, but living and loving life.

  2. To be inwardly self supporting and nurturing sustains us into our elder years. The prevalence in western cultures of sedentary life styles in front of TV or other screens, overeating and substance abuse is not a recipe that sustains the body and keeps it vital.

  3. I’ve worked with the elderly and those I meet at Universal Medicine events blow me away when compared to how the majority of the population are aging.

  4. Thank you Carmel for writing this blog what you are sharing is what is missing from our daily lives so much so that we do not even begin to understand how bad things have become. And this is why it is so easy to spot someone who is a student of The way of The livingness because they do indeed walk as themselves, from their essence with true power and grace. It is very beautiful to watch and be apart of this.

  5. Thank you Carmel, reading this again it’s really astonishing that elders and even terminally ill elders are walking unaided, look and feel vital, and experience the levels of joy they do simply because it’s not what we see out there normally, but it can be very normal. You make a great point about the freedom from burdens, emotions and hurts and their possible effect on the body, it makes sense to me that such emotional turmoil can take its toll on our health and wellbeing. I know for me getting free of hurts opens up space in my body for more of the love of my essence to be present and that feels revitalising and very amazing. To me emotions are a form of sickness because when they leave my body in healing I feel so much clearer and better in my self.

  6. It is very lovely to be in the company of an elderly person who has kept their joy and vitality. It shows to us all it is possible to be this way and the more people who full of this sparkle of life, the greater the reflection.

  7. I have noticed how often elderly people, no longer feeling a purpose in life, begin to shut down and feel themselves useless. They shut down and let themselves vegetate. Carers sometimes interact wth this behaviour rather than the person inside . It is far too easy to see the client as a behavioural package that has to be assessed quickly and dealt with accordingly….no time to make meaningful connection and connect with our own purpose in being a carer.

  8. Every moment we have a choice and our choices build into our lifestyle and day to day experience of life. We know that the majority of illness is based on lifestyle choices. It makes sense that the quality of our older years is based on the quality of our choices throughout life. So maybe our greatest investment is not the pension fund but is the depth with which we engage with life, are open in relationships and always up for learning?

    1. We do know and now are being told that our lifestyle choices contribute to illness and disease however I find very interesting how we dismiss what is true and take on that which suits… we then have no right to complain if illness and disease falls upon us.

  9. Having worked in the elderly care sector it’s obvious that there is big money spent on buying all kinds of aids for the elderly even when they don’t want them or use them. My parents had gadgets that they refused to use and they would sit there taking up space in the bedroom or living room, often with things put on top of them. The intention was well-meaning by the healthcare professionals but the expense to the NHS must be off the chart with the expenditure of supplying items that don’t get used.

  10. Great blog Carmel, and may I add that when we walk within ourselves as in we are in repose and connected to our essences, could this not be our greatest way to communicate for those who are ready? As our reflection is our greatest form of communication and our essence or Love that is being reflected has no structures, sticks or walking frames in sight! now that’s a True foundation we can all share every-where-we-go.

  11. I often see a quality of vitality and sparkle in older people. When we do not assume the stereotype for ageing, we can bring so much playfulness and light-heartedness to life. In our middle years we often take things too seriously and let go of our relationship with the magic of life.

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