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. 

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

  1. You have raised an interesting point Carmel why is it that those people who are in their 60’s,70’s and 80’s that regularly attend the Universal Medicine events seem so well and healthy even the ones that have an illness or disease seem incredibly positive. I’m 63 and feel more vital than I did in my 30’s, I work full time, travel a lot, work as a volunteer, look after children and I’m having a brilliant time.
    Universal Medicine has supported me and thousands of other people to change their life style and for me having changed it, I would not want to go back to my old way of living.

  2. ‘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.’ That’s pretty amazing; definitely something to be appreciated and also something to be studied.

  3. Carmel you have raised an interesting observation about the elders of Universal Medicine friends. Why aren’t they walking around with this black cloud over them, like most elderly take on as they age. I hear so many people talk about retiring and what happens after this, the mind deteriorates even if they have a so called hobby to occupy them.

    These elders need to be researched as they are role models for the elderly of the community around the world. The elderly have a role to give back to the community and who better to, but the young ones needing their wisdom. I read about some projects, where the two are mixing and how lovely to know about this, hope it takes off further.

  4. That is pretty amazing! ‘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.’ It just goes to show there is something in the choices we make and how we live that can either benefit our well-being or not. The choice really is up to us.

    1. To be honest, I hadn’t even noticed about the elders of Universal Medicine friends. One woman in her 80’s came to my mind and walks with a perfect gait. Despite their age, there is no mentality of giving up or giving in either, they live with a responsibility and integrity, it is that simple.

    1. Someone I know died recently and talking to his widow, she said after her husband retired he just gave up and withdrew from people and life. He went from being very fit and healthy to being depressed, just vegetating and doing nothing. As you have said Le, it’s as though as soon as we lose our purpose we lose our way.

  5. ‘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.’ There is such a story to be told here and yet the telling of it is suppressed in the mainstream media, which in fact encourages a very different view of Universal Medicine altogether. Could it be that this story is suppressed because if it were to get out we would all have to take taking responsibility for our choices seriously, which would certainly undermine those who stand to gain from a given up and unhealthy society, not least those of us who like to indulge in the ‘it’s everyone else and not me’ consciousness?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. Elaine this would make a very supportive article for those in the caring professions to read.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. It is more important than ever to put down the labels and beliefs we have adopted about old age, children, teenagers, mothers, men, grandparents, babies, accountants, builders, friends, nationalities… and live freshly and honestly as who we are before any label; meeting each other as equals with love, respect and a dedication to working out how to work together.

  18. Challenging what is and what is not an ‘inevitable part of ageing’ is much needed in a world that expects the elderly to fit into a box of how they should be, like getting you in the box that will carry you to the grave – no thanks – I’ll pass on that one. Great call to challenge this Carmel.

  19. I have found that as you age and stop and take stock of what you have acquired outside of you, it is a reflection of the junk we carry within. When start to clear what is no longer required, be it inside or outside, it directly affects both. It allows us to return once again to lighter being that resides within us all that we have weighed down from our choices.

  20. At 51, I am finding that when I make decisions, about work, home, buying things etc. I do have a connection to what things will look like as I get into my older years. And what I am really enjoying discovering is that I have no sense of slowing down, or looking for a comfy set up… my plan is to stay engaged, alert and fit for purpose to the end.

  21. There are children now being raised that know there is another way we can live that identifies with the truth. The list you have defined: burdens, hurts, guilt and all the other stuff that has worn down those before us, are markers for us to learn from.

  22. ‘In addition, the walking therapies presented by Serge Benhayon help people to walk free from such burdens’ we often don’t realise the burdens we have taken on until we let them go and feel the freedom to not have them.

    1. And, what about the closet we keep locked with the issues and skeletons we don’t wish to deal with, that we carry with us, every where we go.

  23. At 63 my walk is a lot freer than in my 40’s and I am definitely more upright and my shoulders are not so folded in, and I know this is because I have healed many hurts and burdens in my life that have worn me down to walk in a certain way. I know it is a constant reassessment observing how my body feels and how it moves but it is worth it so that my body stays strong and fit for life.

  24. I totally agree- let the joy of ageing be commonplace, instead of the doom and gloom that society portrays and sadly what is the norm in most of the nursing homes today.

  25. I met the most beautiful elderly gentleman in the supermarket two days ago. He was immaculately dressed, sparkly, engaging and full of vitality… a real point of inspiration in terms of how to age.

  26. The list of conditions that are being helped by diet and the way we are living is growing. There are already many ailments of the body that are because of our choices and lifestyles, And, an essential part of the treatment is to choose to stop doing what is causing it: smoking, drinking and what we put in our body. What if we felt what the body tells us and we listen, the first or second time when we do something that doesn’t support our body? Would we have an overburdened medical service?

  27. Could it be the list you have offered that the lifestyle we have chosen has other beneficial side effects? The general wellness from listening to our body is a great place to catch things early.

  28. From what I know and can see of the people attending Universal Medicine workshops is that they seem more healthy and more full of joy. Elders in this community are not scared of getting old, they look after themselves and each other. Super beautiful to see.

  29. The more examples of people aging gracefully and beautifully there are, the easier it will be to emulate them.

  30. Caring for ourselves in a loving way and having true purpose in our lives, brings a joy beyond measure and makes waking up every morning a delight to be alive.

  31. It is so important to wave a flag for growing older feeling well and engaged. Just taking the one example of every interaction being a relationship with someone and that magic can happen in moments of eye contact and connection, reminds me of the fact that our contributions never cease no matter our age.

  32. At 65, I am working physically for up to 14 hours a day and then on my computer for a further 2 to 3 hours per day with 1 hour for my evening meal; that leaves me 6 hours to sleep!
    Wonder when it is time to spend more time writing, as that has become something that I have learnt, the Loving reality of expression as in the written word. The Maintenance and Tiling I do are also things that I have a Loving relationship with, as with all the work I do. So maybe the older generation can get more physical and take on those jobs that the younger ones feel are too menial?

  33. The myths of ageing are being changed amazingly by the true livingness offered to us to reclaim who we are and our quality, honesty and beingness that changes everything and brings a joy and vitality to ageing not currently considered as normal or possible.

  34. How different our approach to aging would be if we had no pictures or expectations of ‘what it looks like’ but instead took everyday as it comes, living in the moment and embracing every change as an opportunity to learn and deepen our understanding of ourselves, life, the universe and our place in it.

  35. Old age does not have to be all doom and gloom. Just yesterday I spent a couple of hours catching up with volunteers in my local community and the majority of them were elderly. It makes me wonder how people fare into old age when they are actively involved in the community as opposed to being at home on their own or only interacting with their immediate family. It shows me that we are not designed to be on our own and that we actually do better when we interact with others.

    1. I agree, Julie, my aged grandmother in her late eighties used to help the ‘elderly’ couple down the road who were in their 60s. My feeling is that Retirement needn’t mean giving up on any kind of activity – even if there is no paid employment, there are always volunteering opportunities.

  36. A lot of people I’ve met at Universal Medicine are definitely getting healthier as they age. I am one of these people and I am only in my early forties. I feel younger, more vital, have more energy than I can ever remember since applying the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom. It is truly remarkable to feel this for myself and also see how vibrant the elders are in this amazing community.

  37. Ageing and good health are not mutually exclusive if we take care of ourselves, i.e. are honest about what serves and does not serve us and what we can eat, drink or not eat and drink. When we are willing to be honest and take responsibility, anything is possible.

    1. This might be another myth: the older you get, the more crippled and worn out you become. Honest and true care on a daily basis might just as well lead to a vital body and a clear mind.

  38. Sometimes I feel very sad when I look at older people who are having difficulty walking upright, but I have to accept that the way they are is the result of their choices, and that with different choices the outcome would have been very different.

  39. The joy vibrancy and playfulness of ageing is something very real and seen now in the world, thanks to the reflection and offerings of Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and The Livingness, that is offering true health and understanding of the way we live with a vitality and way of being that breaks all the ideals, beliefs and constrictions to being who we really are.

  40. At every age and any age we have a choice of embracing life with grace or not. And as we age there is a gradual acceptance of those things we can do and those we cannot do.

    1. As a society, we tend to fight the aging process, so to meet people who embrace aging with love and grace is a breath of fresh air and a true inspiration.

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