Stopwatch, Tape and an 18-foot-long Hallway are used to Measure Gait (image) University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Share Print E-Mail Caption A stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway allow geriatricians to measure changes in a patient's walking speed over time. Slowing gait can be an early indication of cognitive decline linked to a shrinking hippocampus, according to a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study. Credit Tim Betler/UPMC Usage Restrictions Release is embargoed until 4pm, Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.