Physical and cognitive changes are a normal part of getting older. As we age, many people will notice differences in their ability to learn new things, retain information or even recall simple thoughts or words. If these annoying memory lapses are not actually interfering with your daily lifestyle, you shouldn’t be concerned.
Although not the only cause, Alzheimer’s disease is the most frequently diagnosed cause of dementia. Treatment will not reverse or stop the advancement of dementia, but it can help to slow the progress. Since you probably want to know how to do that you should read the tips below to learn about your aging brain and the current approaches to treatment.
The Need For A Proper Diagnosis
You should see a physician if you experience memory loss or cognitive impairment that noticeably interferes with your life. Cognitive changes, such as frequently forgetting to bathe or eat, certainly warrant a visit to the doctor. Your doctor will attempt to assess the cause of your particular set of symptoms or send you to a specialist who can.
Labeling your symptoms often dictates treatment. Alzheimer’s is a specific diagnosis of a type of dementia. Your healthcare professional(s) will perform various tests as well as a physical examine to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. The causes vary and can include other diseases, medications, vitamin deficiencies and even dehydration.
Your doctor will likely prescribe medication if you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. (S)he will often treat mild symptoms of dementia quite differently. Treatment to alleviate the symptoms of dementia not considered Alzheimer’s or from another specifically identified cause will often include lifestyle changes.
Exercise and Dementia
Many consider exercise important in the treatment of symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Despite ongoing research, there are few thorough explanations for why exercise seems to help prevent and improve symptoms of dementia. Still, the evidence is strong enough so that medical professionals everywhere recommend exercise for older patients, including those with Alzheimer’s.
Cognitive exercises, such as puzzles and games, often help treat the symptoms of dementia and early stage Alzheimer’s disease. There is ongoing research into the effectiveness of different cognitive exercises to help with these diseases. As of now, researchers have not found a conclusive answer. But, since there is no downside to doing puzzles and playing games, we suggest giving them a try. Another reason is that you just might have some fun too.
Even after seeing symptoms of dementia, you should make efforts to remain active and engaged. Because there is evidence that working to stay active and healthy helps slow down the onset of age-related dementia symptoms you should do so even if you need a companion or other healthcare professional to help you.
You should adhere to a healthy lifestyle because it can often help with cognitive changes associated with aging. Why not use our tips to adapt to your aging brain? Remember you might have some fun!