Can Neuroplasticity Help Alzheimer’S?
There is no one definitive answer to this question as with many things related to Alzheimer’s disease, research is ongoing and ever-evolving. However, neuroplasticity the ability of the brain to reorganize and change its structure and function in response to experience may provide some hope for those living with Alzheimer’s.
There is evidence that neuroplasticity may help the brain to compensate for some of the damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. For example, one study found that people with Alzheimer’s who participated in a cognitive training program showed improvements in memory and thinking skills, and these improvements were still evident six months after the program had ended.
In addition, recent research has shown that certain medications including those used to treat seizures and depression can actually stimulate neuroplasticity and help to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
So while there is no easy answer when it comes to whether or not neuroplasticity can help Alzheimer’s, the current research suggests that it may be a promising avenue of treatment.