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.