If you are experiencing memory loss or cognitive impairment that interferes with your life, you probably should see a healthcare professional. Cognitive changes, such as frequently forgetting to bathe or eat, warrant a consultation. These symptoms are collectively called dementia and health care professionals will attempt to discover what is causing your symptoms.
Labeling your symptoms will often dictate treatment. Alzheimer’s is a specific diagnosis of a type of dementia. A physical examination that includes various tests will help healthcare professionals diagnose the reasons you are experiencing these symptoms. The causes can vary and could include other diseases, medications, vitamin deficiencies and even dehydration.
If your condition is labeled Alzheimer’s you will likely be prescribed medication, whereas mild symptoms of dementia will often be treated differently. Treatment to alleviate the symptoms of dementia not considered Alzheimer’s or from another specifically identified cause will often include suggestions for lifestyle changes.
Exercise is considered important in the treatment of symptoms of dementia associated with natural aging and Alzheimer’s. Research is ongoing and there are few thorough explanations for the reasons that exercise seems to help prevent and improve symptoms of dementia. However, the evidence is strong enough so that medical professionals everywhere suggest an exercise for older patients including those with Alzheimer’s.