The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have recently published a study in JAMA Psychiatry that revealed the discovery of a link between certain brain changes with memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery will pave the way for exploring new ways to treat, detect, and even prevent dementia before it occurs. The innovative study demonstrates that a brain’s plasticity, the ability to adapt or change, was substantially lower in persons living with early onset dementia than in similarly aged individuals. Focusing mainly on the frontal lobe, the region of the brain concerned with higher levels of thinking, their findings reveal that persons who experienced poorer working memory had reduced plasticity, specifically in the frontal lobe. It is believed that the frontal lobe contains the region that supports the brain’s “cognitive reserve”, whose function is to compensate for other areas of the brain when they function less than optimally. Future initiatives of the researchers include trying to enhance the plasticity of the frontal lobe through stimulation and brain-training exercises.
SOURCE: Newswire October 25, 2017
AUTHOR(S): Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
DATE RETRIEVED: October 31st, 2017