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. 

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

  1. The issue is that we are living longer than we did 50 years ago, but we are not living healthier and so our bodies show a myriad of illnesses that get progressively worse with age. We also expect to get sick as we grow older, yet the students of Universal Medicine show that it does not have to be this way. I know I am healthier and fitter than when I was 45 and I am now nearly 63 so there has to be something in the way we live that makes a difference.

  2. It’s one thing to be sick. It’s a completely different thing to think you are the sickness. This is in itself a sickness!

  3. It may be a contentious point, but hasn’t medicine become so good at rescuing us from the brink of death that we have now a huge population that cannot walk, cannot care for themselves etc and this percentage of the population keeps growing and costing society more and more, whilst those of working age who have to fund and support them is not similarly expanding. Have we done the maths?

    1. What if we used a small amount of the mountain of money spent on cures, on prevention? There is wisdom in the old saying of; an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure! Are we leaving the effects of our bad choices to others to fix?

  4. A light and unencumbered mind, and a body uncluttered by emotional baggage naturally reflects a light and unencumbered, uncluttered, being.

  5. I was visiting a hospital trauma ward last week, and I noticed some people had a symbol with a ‘forget me not’ flower above their bed and realised this was a sign for people with dementia, so everyone knew they needed extra support and attention. I was staggered how many signs there were, between 30-40% of the whole ward.

  6. It is so refreshing to read something on ageing that is not all doom and gloom. I know so many elderly people now who are full of vitality thanks to the fact that they are not afraid to live true to their inner essence.

  7. Ageing is not about ageing with perfect health and never having things go on with our bodies. Our bodies do age. However we can age well, very well in fact. The fact that we have a group of people who are making particular choices and ageing well, puts a spot light on the choice most of us make.

  8. “changing our lifestyle to a more true and loving way of living can potentially prevent these ailments…” Yes, the potential of self-care has on human health and wellbeing is endless

  9. If we look around and be honest then we can see a checked out state of the elder generation, when if we are really honest that checked out state is happening much much earlier on in life. This has to have an impact on life and our health.

  10. Not only do these old age illnesses affect the person themselves but it also puts a burden on the family members who are dealing with their parents and the illness. It can’t be easy watching a spouse change in such a way.

  11. The joy and freedom we can feel as we age is an amazing sharing with the projected ageing process so taken on as normal and inevitable.

  12. When I attend Universal Medicine workshops or see posts/articles from the Joy of Ageing team, and I see vibrant engaged sexy tender men and women, I get very inspired. They are definitely bucking the trend.

  13. Letting go of what we have lived that is not true leaves space to bring even more of what is true to life and engage fully.

  14. Whatever their physical or emotional health, I feel blessed to be in the presence of and working with elders. Inside we are all simply beautiful.

  15. I’ve met some incredible men and women in their eighties and nineties in their own homes, who also buck the trend. Most had an openness, wisdom, sparkle and aliveness to them. At a day centre, another women aged ninety-six, told me she’d only stopped driving a year ago, but still keeps her car. She’s had two knee replacement operations but walks unaided, upright, cooks for her self and was full of life. These elders also inspire and an honour to be in their presence.

  16. Anything that knocks out lack of self-worth is absolute gold in my book. I am aware on a day to day basis and in reviewing my life so far that lack of self-worth is an insidious and underlying condition for so much struggle.

  17. At Universal Medicine, I see people in their sixties, seventies and eighties looking vital, joyful and vibrant. They seem to walk with an agelessness about them that I rarely see anywhere else, and I am deeply inspired by them in every way. We are blessed to have their gorgeous reflections and with deep appreciation to what they are reflecting to the rest of the world.

  18. Once we get into old age there will be a certain physical and mental health momentum to deal with but within that there is vast scope for improvement, much more than we may imagine, simply because so few take advantage of the opportunities available at any, including old and very old, age.

    1. I agree Rachel and our body loves it when we receive a reflection from someone who communicates joy and vitality. It is currently rare to see a person in their elder years moving and expressing joy and they stand out like a sparkling gem among the crowd.

  19. This proves how what we think about ageing and physical deterioration is so false because a person in their thirties can be weighed down with lots of ailments and feel much older than a fitter lighter person in their sixtes. The causes of ageing physically and mentally are multiple and complex.

  20. We have to appreciate the vitality that comes with choices of how we live – and that the more loving we are the more this shows in how we look.

    1. How we live is communicated through our body and there is no disguise or mask that can hide this. Everything is communicated through vibration in our every movement.

  21. It makes sense that by the time we get into our elderly years we feel and look as if we are laden down with burdens, but it’s great to know and see through the way others live that that does not have to be our reality.

    1. Absolutely. It’s not rocket science and so it is no surprise to me that Universal Medicine, which supports us to let go of much of this ‘baggage’, has resulted in so many people walking their later years with such a spring in their step.

  22. I met an 87 year old lady the other day who is not on any medications and does not have any major health concerns. She was bright and sparky and yet dealing with life’s challenges – this was refreshing and beautiful to see, and I told her that she had made my day!

  23. “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.” So much is possible when we are willing to make changes to our day to day choices. Perhaps there are many conditions that could be significantly improved by just making even a few small changes to the diet.

  24. My relationship to walking has definitely improved over the years since meeting and listening to Serge Benhayon and that includes my joy as well as my physical body and presence with walking. The walking therapies are just amazing and have expanded that so much more.

  25. ” Living in this loving way, connected with the essence of who we are, keeps us young at heart” is the key to a life of vital longevity. When we don’t deal with the burdens and issues along the journey of life, they literally weigh us down in latter years.

  26. I agree with you Carmel, lets age healthy. We do not need to build up a body holding all the hurts gathered in life resulting in disability both in the body an in the mind. We have the role models in the Universal Medicine Student body that clearly show us that there is another way possible.

      1. And this expectation is only from our mind and as long we do give power to that it will commence. Only by stopping this way of thinking by choosing for a bodily connection instead, will bring us to a healthy and vital way of ageing in which we become matured in what we all have learned in this one life before we advance to the next life..

  27. We are good in providing solutions that make it possible to live with all the ailments we accumulate in life and therewith make it our normal.

  28. At soon to be 69, I am walking more easily and more upright than I have ever walked in my life. My hips feel incredibly flexible, which endlessly amazes me, as they used to be so stiff and sore. All this has come about as the result of making many self-loving changes in my life, changes inspired by the wonderful presentations of Serge Benhayon, and the healing modalities that Universal Medicine practitioners offer. I definitely don’t see a walking frame in my future for as far as I am concerned they do not have to be an ‘inevitable part of ageing’.

  29. Diet does have a huge effect on how alive and present or how numbed and checked out I feel on any given day, so I imagine it could affect people with dementia too. To add to that I recently had a lady on an Esoteric Yoga program, which supports people to stay present with their bodies and delicate in their movements. Through her being more caring, gentle and present with herself, she was noticing a huge positive change in the lady with dementia she lives with. This is something that also needs to be studied and widely known.

  30. The more we are willing to surrender to being moved by the quality of our Soul the more we will heal and let go of the hurts, protection, abusive and loveless momentums and patterns that have moved us in an unnatural way for so long. Our bodies always reflect the quality of our livingness and the more we pay attention to how it is communication to us the more freely we can live who we naturally are.

    1. It is our choice to move our bodies in heaven on earth or to move them in the miasma of the societies we have created.

  31. This is worth shouting from the rooftops- that just because we age does not mean we have to take all our baggage with us. Universal Medicine has supported so many people to let go of their hurts and stand up tall.

  32. It is great to debase the picture that when ageing, it means getting infirm and immobile. Healing continues throughout our lives so we have the opportunity to reflect a healthier ageing population to the younger folk at the Universal Medicine events to show our wisdom knowing we are continuing to engage and follow our path of healing until our last breath.

  33. Living and loving ourselves and embracing and treasuring life with all its responsibilities and loving connections brings a healthy life one that never stops growing and appreciating inside us to be honoured and walked with the grace and dignity we naturally are to the very end.

    1. ‘with the grace and dignity we naturally are’… at what point in our lives do we forget our true nature? It can start very early on with programming from the images society holds. We are changing that paradigm and ageing grace-fully.

      1. I totally agree Carmel, that the programming about ageing begins at a very early age with the accepted belief that as you grow older it’s all downhill. Well I for one, you too, as well as many other vital and vibrant older men and women are certainly blasting that long held belief apart while ageing grace-fully and very joyfully.

  34. We live with a vision of life that is ‘known’ and a comfort – yet imprisons us in rails that constrain us to repeat patterns and indulge lies. The greatest start to ‘breaking out’ is opening up to accepting the unknown and letting go of our relentless desire for control.

    1. This is a lesson I am learning at the moment, that we can stay in the comfort of knowing where we are and what’s happening next but be miserable on the inside, because we are compromising our truth by not expressing how we feel because when we do everybody feels uncomfortable. It is our right to express and to call out abuse of any kind, and when we express the truth in full, everybody gains. We think we are in control by measuring what we say but expressing our full truth and not having an attachment to the outcome is letting go of control. Surrendering to the What Is.

  35. There is an expectation that because we get older, we must get sicker. I know that our body ages and therefore there is wear and tear on our body, but just because something is common for many, that is that we get sicker because we are older, doesn’t mean that this is the way it needs to stay. We need examples of people ageing that are well, so we see what is possible and reverse the trend of the way we think our future is….ie getting sick and unwell because we are older. Certainly dementia is not a normal part of ageing.

  36. It is true that we can walk ourselves into an early grave. There is so much to be made of our movements, and the more aware of this we become the more of a responsibility we have to ensure that we take care in every one.

  37. Amazing to know how much food and dietary choices can impact not just on our physical health but also our mental health, how we feel (emotionally and physically) and behaviours too!

  38. If we abuse our body for a long time and then turn our life around we may still carry potentially large impacts from our previous lifestyle. This may be especially so for past mental illness events. I wonder how much we can turn around a descent into dementia?

    1. Dementia is not seen as a lifestyle choice but when we reflect back on how a person has lived their life, there will be signs of checking out, not being present. Researchers are of course looking at medications that can be used to ‘cure’ but how many people are looking at prevention? (There’s more profit in medication)

      1. Where do we ourselves invest in ourselves and look at the quality of our own lifestyles choices and quality of living.

  39. “… 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…” Living Esoterically – in harmony, with love, with purpose, with harmlessness, with focus, with awareness, attending to issues, with self-love, in connection – is medicine for the body.

    1. Knowing that our lifestyle choices are good or bad medicine is important, for we can take responsibility and not leave it all up to the doctors – it is a collaboration – we can use their expertise of the human body for diagnosis and recommendations but we can also use our own body’s wisdom and self care to support our healing.

  40. “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,.. ” The crazy part is that we might benefit from other’s problems / ailments but in truth we are all in the same boat if we do not live a truly healthy and loving life, because it is our lifestyles that determine our well-being. So we might benefit now but very likely will end up in the same mill when older because we haven’t changed anything to our lifestyle that is so clearly reflected in our elderly brothers.

  41. I am looking forward to and embracing my elder years because if I go by the last 14 years being inspired with the teachings presented by Serge Benhayon and one of the fundemental teachings to connect to my essence and bring self-love to what I already know is true. I feel younger and more vital than ever, even when I was fifteen running around playing touch rugby!

    1. So by that math, you’ll be a toddler again when you hit your eighties!! Joking aside, it is extremely powerful to see the wealth of lived examples of how these simple self-lovings steps can accumulate to such dramatic effects.

    2. It’s amazing to also see the photos of people as they grow older living according to what they feel from within and the presentation of Serge Benhayon. There is a steady but distinct increase in vitality and wellbeing that you can feel from the pictures.

  42. Life is medicine is healing and is here for us all to learn from and it is inspirational to see people as they age becoming more gracefully alert vibrant upright and claiming life and themselves in full and that this is really possible as it is.

  43. By attributing all our ailments and loss of function to age and genes only we are skillfully avoiding what we deep down all know: the way our body ages is for the largest part determined by the way we live our life. Life is medicine. The numerous people who have turned their health around and seem to only get younger every year because they have changed the way they live, are the living proof of this.

  44. Even in our elder years, we can still make significant changes that will heal our body and help us to understand how we have been living that has contributed towards our ill health. Understanding and taking responsibility is all part of the healing process.

  45. Rereading this blog it really makes me wonder what really makes us age? There is the inevitable physical deterioration and decline sure but maybe this is just part of it? Maybe what really makes us feel old and worn out is all the other stuff Carmel mentions here – the emotional and mental ‘baggage’ that weighs heavy on the body and in the body? The unresolved hurts, guilts, regrets, emotional turmoil, unsettlement and general tension that we really start to feel from very young but by the time we are in older age we have accumulated a lot and this must have an effect surely. So I can see why if these things are discarded and resolved why people would still feel rather sprightly and light and young at heart even though their physical bodies may be wearing out.

    1. It feels so true Andrew, that people get a build up of unresolved hurts, guilt, all the mental stuff that wears us down over a lifetime and makes us feel old. Without all that burden, when we sort out what needs to be sorted, there isn’t the accumulation that turns to regret of missed opportunities as we age, so we are bound to feel lighter, despite the ageing process.

      1. And when we feel lighter and unburdened imagine how much more joy and fulfilment that can be shared.

    2. I make you totally right Andrew, take something like grief, if a person carries grief like a heavy burden their whole life it is sure to show mentally and physically in their twilight years

      1. Many elder women I meet live on their own for the first time in their lives after the death of their husbands. Each woman responds to bereavement in their own way, but for some it can be a struggle to find a sense of self meaning to life once their husbands have passed over. This lack of purpose can also be burdensome.

    3. I agree Andrew. De-cluttering isn’t reserved for homes but also our minds and bodies. To hold on to old stuff that no longer serves, clogs up the system and holds us back from living full lives and harms our sense of well-being. When we de-clutter ‘as we go’ on the inside and outside, we feel much lighter.

    4. This is a great point you make Andrew, that if we do not have years and years of mental and emotional baggage cluttering up our minds and bodies, then our whole being has the potential to be much lighter and more spacious, enabling us to move and think much more freely and easily.

    5. I agree, Andrew, for example, when you see men and women who are unhappy in their work or their life in general, there is a roundness to the shoulders, a slump in their posture that speaks volumes. Our posture makes a difference to how we feel and our feelings make a difference to our posture.

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