Because normal aging includes changes in thinking and memory, it is challenging to differentiate between normal age-related changes and mild cognitive impairment, a pathological condition with risk for developing dementia. Cognitive changes associated with mild cognitive impairment may lead to physical impairments and dysfunction. Rehabilitation professionals who are equipped in differentiating mild cognitive impairment from normal aging will assist in early diagnosis and treatment and approach their patients in a more compassionate manner. Recommendations for physical exercise and cognitively engaging activities across the lifespan may attenuate cognitive decline with advancing years.
- mild cognitive impairment
- older adults
- physical activity and exercise
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation