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. 

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

  1. My posture is improving as I age! Now in my late sixties…. Having had poor posture since back problems as a young child and then being tall and not wanting to stand out I contracted myself. No more.

  2. The elders who live in vitality are such great role models for how they show – without perfection – that there is another way to age, a way that does not necessarily mean losing oneself in the process.

  3. Even if we are heading towards walking frames there are many different ways to deal with deteriorating physical health. Even joy is quite possible in such circumstances. It may not be easy but it is possible.

  4. Dementia and walking frames is not an inevitable part of ageing… nor is being depressed, crotchety and feeling a general sense of lack lustre. Being in joy, full of vitality and spark, is absolutely possibility.

  5. In general the body of people who study and embody the teachings of Universal Medicine are incredibly well, something that is widely commented on. The vitality and vivaciousness is evident first and foremost in our eyes and reflected in our bodies. Even those diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses are still bright eyed and bushy tailed, confirming the deep nourishment that arises from connecting to our essence, love and fiery Souls.

    1. Yes, the presence of those Universal Medicine students healing themselves through a cancer diagnosis exude a stillness and inner contentment and vitality I’ve not seen in other people with serious illnesses.

  6. Every word you have spoken makes such sense Carmel – and at 73 I am aware that even though my body has been affected by wear and tear I can feel the joy in my body as I walk down the street – a certain beauty and grace that is deep down inside me. I have learnt step by step to gradually build a deeper sense of care in the way I move and how I treat my body with more tenderness. Universal Medicine along with traditional medicine is supporting me to have a full and meaningful life. I feel more alive now than I have done all my life.

  7. There must be an enormous market for walking frames and walking aids for the elderly, and it’s interesting how business and retail can change so hugely from year to year or decade to decade in order to meet society’s needs and health.

  8. I had not been aware previously but you are correct Carmel, about the older people at Universal Medicine events, that there actually is no differentiation, everyone is treated equal irrespective of age. And this interaction is to do with our postures and movements, we care for ourselves and are not hiding or burying our issues as we move and speak.

  9. This is a brilliant conversation. It feels like ageing is another one of those areas in life (terrible twos, hormonal teens, midlife crises…) that we succumb to beliefs about how it is and let ourselves be led by that. What is offered here is the invitation to explore and build our relationship with ourselves from the inside out and make choices about how things unfold.

    1. The consciousness of old age seems to affect all the elders that I know – outside of Universal Medicine. There is something to be seriously investigated by the authorities, because I feel sure Unimed students will be less of a drain on scarce medical resources as we age.

  10. The more I do my best to embody the teachings of Universal Medicine, the more I come to appreciate that nothing in life is inevitable except for death. What I fully appreciate with these teachings is that they empower us to commit to life in full and prepare us for this inevitable step across dimensions without so many of the usual props we have come to accept as normal.

  11. As a society we have drawn pictures of what we imagine every single stage of our lives looks like, we then regulate ourselves to fit in with those pictures, thereby reducing our unlimited luminosity to the dreariest of smears.

  12. In so many ways the community that live in this way buck every trend of ill health and yet there have been no scientists from outside of it who have paid any attention to investigating further – this to me highlights just how misplaced our trust in science above our own feelings is.

    1. Sadly Science is now in the hands of those with money; funded research comes from chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, fizzy drinks companies etc, and anything set to reduce their profits, such as people living healthy lives and not needing their products, will be squashed. Look at what happens to those talking about sugar as a poison, doctors are no longer allowed to give nutrition advice – what nonsense. ‘Carry on eating what you’re eating so that I can give you this expensive medication that you wouldn’t need if you stop eating that’. There are too many vested interests in an unhealthy humanity, but eventually there will be enough people living this way and staying healthy and that cannot be ignored.

  13. The way we hold our body and how we move communicates a lot and how we live is communicated through every part of our body. This reminds me of the street signs I see depicting figures of people holding a stick with their body bent over to indicate to drivers that there are elderly pedestrians around and to drive carefully. If I was to redraw this sign to communicate how the elderly people I meet at Universal Medicine hold their body it would be an upright figure and it would be hard to tell if they were in their 20’s or 80’s.

  14. Sometimes we see people struggle with their bodies and life and know that just beyond the limits of their awareness is the answer they seek, but are not yet ready or able to see it.

  15. Sadly this is true – “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” – only today in the news it was revealed that two pharmaceutical companies did not want the NHS to provide a certain drug that was cheaper from another provider as they wanted to continue to sell their more highly priced drug. They were overruled and the cheaper drug is now going to be available.

    1. Thank you for sharing this, Jane. It is important that we expose and talk about the corruption; we all know it goes on but still seem to want to keep it neatly tucked out of sight. We are talking about people’s wellbeing being affected by business profit margins, which is totally upside down decision making. In the case you mention we have a moment when common sense prevails.

  16. If there is one thing I have learned from studying the Ancient Wisdom with Serge Benhayon, World Teacher, is that nothing is inevitable except our return to Soul. We are returning whence we came kicking and screaming, or willingly, that part is down to us.

  17. Being in the youngest group of these you have stated, I can concur that we are getting younger, refusing to be a victim of time. Many of us have burnt some bridges in our past but the body is an amazing thing that adapts, and it is never too late to make changes that allow us to heal what we have abused. With this as a marker of what we can achieve in a short period of time to reverse our lifetime of abuse we have caused to our bodies, what will the children we are now raising from birth who are respecting themselves and making loving choices that support them, what will they be like when they have lived a whole life this way?

  18. To shrink away from life or to fully embrace it? This is the question we all must answer at every age and stage of our life and one that will directly impact how we approach the close of our incarnation – fully embracing life or retreating from it.

  19. What you have identified Carmel, is that the people who attend Universal Medicine events have learnt not to become their illnesses and ailments and we can observe how our posture and movements all make a massive difference to our physical well-being.

    1. It sure does Gill, I used to walk with my shoulders rolled in and a slight curve on my upper back, and I used to feel exhausted. But now, after Universal Medicine, I have gone through a huge transformation. When I look at myself in the reflection of shop windows when I walk, I can see my walk and posture is upright and my shoulders much more open and light, and I feel amazing. My movements have changed from being contracted to now being much more open, free and joyful.

  20. A very inspiring sharing Carmel on the real way we can live and change the concept of ageing to one of joy embracing, caring for our bodies and true movement with a grace quality and surrender to all we are and have lived.

  21. “…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” – yes because if we keep hold of something like a big suitcase with things in it, eventually we get worn down and out by the sheer weight. Universal Medicine allows a person to ditch the things then eventually the case. Then we walk unhindered no matter whether we are medically diagnosed with illness, in a wheelchair, aged 80 or 20, the vitality inside our body is felt and emanated through our faces and skins.

    1. Yes, it is interesting to observe the elderly and the not-so-old who have illnesses such as cancer who are so full of light you wouldn’t know they were even ill, it is inspiring to see.

  22. How many products; equipment, procedures and pills are out there to fix something we have caused by our lifestyles? This prescription of fixes is worth billions of dollars. The only one that benefits from living a healthy, loving lifestyle, is the person, where is the profit in that, to these large corporations!

    1. I agree, Steve, there is a lot of money to be made from pharmaceuticals for the elderly, for example, not enough staff in care homes means residents get sedated to keep them calm and easy to manage.

    2. I so agree Steve. Slowly, slowly some doctors – in the UK – are catching on to the fact that lifestyle and our choices affect how we age healthily. It would seem like common sense to me.

  23. What a huge range of things we invent in order to manage our ills. I truly appreciate how Universal Medicine educates us in how to truly care for our bodies, cut the self criticism and learn how to nourish our body, heart and soul connection. Our bodies may at some point still require assistance as we age, but the medicine first sought is the connection to our inner essence, a powerful internal energy that naturally revitalizes us.

  24. Let’s go joyfull; that is the best in life for our body. When we eat what serves the body naturally we experience more joy.

    1. Indeed Sylvia, walk every step with joy and our body will thank us for it and not only that, everyone around us will be pulled up too to join us in being the true joyful beings that we are.

  25. I would say by experience that changing my diet along with developing a greater degree of love for myself by healing life long patterns of behaviour that actually weighed me down and burdened me making me feel old. Even though by age I am considered old I do not feel old as i now have a vitality, a steadiness in my walk and a joy in my life that was not there before, in this way ageing can then be a joy.

  26. We all know it, that the quality of our bodies and being is determined by how we live our lives leading towards age, but who does actually really care? Age seems to be far away, when young so far that it doesn´t seem to exist at least not for oneself. And sure, it doesn´t make sense to live only in anticipation and fear of what may come to avoid possible unpleasantries. But here Serge Benhayon simply presents to live caring and self-loving now because we deserve it now and then naturally we will bring that cared for and loved body and being step by step along the way; no anticipation or need for precaution, just the knowing that the future is guaranteed by the quality of the present.

  27. It is worth asking if there is a vested interest because there is something not quite right about this. If we have, at our disposal, a way of changing the trajectory, then why are we not shouting it from the rooftops, but also why are we not engaging with it fully? We are the change agents in our own lives, so this is not just about what others are doing but seeing us as equally responsible.

  28. It will be great to see in the future the quality of our aged care systems transformed as people embrace self-nurturing and personal healthcare responsibility. A very exciting time ahead.

  29. In our elder years there is usually some wear and tear to our physical body, but our connection with our soul where our love and vitality comes from, is untouched by this.

    1. So true Elizabeth. Our bodies do grow older, there is at present no potion or lotion that can prevent that from happening. We can however continue to deepen our connection to our soul, an infinite supply of love that keeps on growing the more we nourish our selves on all dimensions.

    2. Our Soul is ageless but spans across the ages. Reconnecting to this part of us is what holds us steady when our landscape shifts beneath us.

    3. This is beautiful, Elizabeth, such grace in your words. Mind you, I would say that the way so many of us are living today the wear and tear on are bodies is affecting us younger and younger. The beauty is that no matter our age connecting to our soul can be done at any time. The grace of our elders, like you Elizabeth can inspire those much younger to live differently and to live with this connection.

    4. It is not a failure to be an elder, with frailties and physical weaknesses, neither is it a given. So long as we learn from every life stage, we keep alive that inner spark that feeds vitality.

  30. An interesting point is made here – that the supportive equipment cause people to bend over further and therefore does not support a posture which in turn supports the body. Over time, especially in older people this will lead to or cause a further reliance on the equipment and they may lose strength and muscle tone required for their body posture and mobility.

    1. Yes, this goes for women and men too, this week I was helping a tall man with his walking aid – he has a large frame with cushioned forearm supports at the right height for him to walk upright but he still bent over despite my invitation to straighten his back.

  31. This is such a great blog to read as so many of us dread getting older and there are so many of us that don’t do it gracefully. Getting old isn’t heading towards the end but preparing for a new beginning so we can use what we have learnt and get on with it or check out and fade away, it is very much a choice.

    1. And there are so many jokes about ‘getting old’ which sometimes cover the angst that we can feel about what may be ahead. yet, as our health and life is in our hands, there is much we can do and learn – and as Carmel shares in this blog, it doesn’t have to be that way – there is another way.

    2. How many carbon copy lives have we all lived, or in today’s verbosity, repeatedly hit the reset button? We have the power to stop these fruitless cycles. They have always been just a choice away.

    3. Accepting the fact of reincarnation, brings purpose and meaning to every moment and stage of our lives. As we get older there is such an opportunity to let go of beliefs and dogma we adopted, that may have restricted us, and see the endless openness there is to be ourselves, spend time with others, build connection and community…

  32. My father was one that spent his life controlling his life and the things around him. He did all the man things required; family, house and job. Thinking back, I really can’t remember him being happy and forget joyful for he was always in control. In the end, dementia built the walls around him so he could manage everything within an arm’s reach. So, knowing and becoming myself part of that group of people that are sometimes called, over the hill, we are standing at the top of the mountain and looking towards the stars because we are just getting started!

  33. The body does degenerate with age but what has more impact on our well-being is our internal state, how we feel about ourselves and life. When we connect to our divine and multi-dimensional selves, old age is seen as a blessing, equal to every other life stage.

  34. “Let’s get healthy as we age – why not?” I work in the aged care sector and daily witness the damage life (we and through our choices) can inflict on our bodies as we get older. We need to change perceptions of ageing from something to dread, resent, put up with and see it as our wisdom years, to be enjoyed and be active contributors in our communities.

    1. Yes, what an opportunity. I am loving ageing – I am so young yet I saw the age I am now as so old when I was younger! I have found it to be all about perception and commitment to life.

  35. “Walk free”… I love that I can feel myself walking more and more free of my old physical and emotional heaviness.

    Something surprising I have been noticing for myself is that it is actually really challenging to accept how amazing I am, how truly good I can feel and what a positive influence I can have in the world when I “walk free” verses staying in my old hurts and patterns of feeling bad and acting small.

  36. I love the observation and the clear message that what we have settled for in terms of what we expect and accept about aging is neither true nor inevitable.

    The example Serge Benhayon and his family provide, shows clearly that for lifetimes what we have settled for in terms of what we expect and accept about who we are and how we live, has also been way off the mark.

  37. There are so many curses made about getting older, none of them are true and none have any power over us if we live a life of loving ourselves and others, opening our hearts to the love we are has a way of supporting us to stay vibrant and tender – no walking frame required.

  38. We dont actually need to accept anything as inevitable, whether it is about ageing or any other aspect of life. Choosing to live in a way that truly supports the body offers so much potential and it is literally miraculous as to what is possible as a result.

    1. Very true Sandra. When we put our bodies first and cherish our health and wellbeing from the inside out, the miracles that unfold are incredible. The more we commit to living a life of Love, the more we diminish the inevitable slide into old age, instead transmuting it into the dignified and expansive journey that it can be.

  39. I suppose a lot of age related diseases and illnesses are down to the fact that many of us sort of give up after we retire and take a back seat whereas the Ageless Wisdom shows us that we can keep being totally engaged with life right up until our final breath.

    1. I agree Kev and from this I also ask at what point do we start to give up? Is it only when we get older or has it really begun much earlier in life and it is only once we are in our later years that it start to manifest itself in physical and health conditions in our body.

      1. great points Kev and Michael – I know some colleagues who count down on their calendars how many pay cheques until retirement and it can be 10 or 20 years they are counting… and others who step back from active life long before they retire – all of which as you say has an impact on our body.

    2. When we identify ourselves by what we do, if we don’t ‘do’ anything after we retire then there is no sense of purpose in our lives. Grandparenting fulfils many older people, but what if you have no grandchildren? Many retired people get involved in volunteering in their local community, and keep busy and it helps if they also take care to nurture their bodies.

      1. My dad was a farmer and a lot of his farming mates retired early and moved to the beach which saw a rapid decline in their health and all of them died a lot younger than they should have, probably because they lacked purpose. Farming is a way of life and keeps you very busy all of the time so going from that to doing nothing can’t be done if we want to stay vital and connected with a purpose.

  40. I live and work in an elders “retirement’ community. One observation I’ve made is the number of residents who go down to eat in the restaurant everyday, rather than cook for themselves (and then complain when food served is predictable or uninspiring). There’s little awareness of the benefits of lovingly buying, preparing and eating food we cook for ourselves. Cooking is seen as a drudge. People rarely meet to share meals in their own homes, but follow the format offered by the village. Isn’t this another example of giving up?

  41. We get the body and mind we have lived, as our patterns and behaviours become so set and entrenched as we age, we don’t want to face that so we check out. The key is to sort things out and learn from them along the way in life, and not store them up for our older years.

  42. It is such a confirmation that it is never too late to make self-loving choices for ourselves and that really the younger you are when you start, imagine how we will be when we start to reach the elder years. If these elders are not inspirational then really what is!

  43. There have also be a number of examples of those who have said they know they were on a slippery slope to dementia or had signs of mental health problems when they first attended that they no longer have today.

    1. True, therefore there are so many people to study in this group of people who actively choose to engage with their lives and their health. Those who want to put Universal Medicine down need to do a longitudinal study on us – with clear reporting of their bias!

  44. I have even met those who did use regularly walking aids prior to attending courses with Serge Benhayon but who have not done so for over a decade, surely that’s amazing.

  45. Great observations Carmel, it’s true here in the UK too that it is very rare to see people needing mobility aids on the courses I attend and whilst that is absolutely fine if they do, of course, and the facilities are all there, compared to the general public the level is very low indeed.

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