The ability of the brain to adapt to life experiences, recover from injury, and contribute to a person’s well-being no matter their age by forming new connections between the neurons.
Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation
“[…] The ability of the nervous system to change its activity in response to intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing its structure, functions, or connections.”
Source: Mateos-Aparicio P, Rodríguez-Moreno A. The Impact of Studying Brain Plasticity. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 2019;13:66.
“The functional implication of neuroplasticity is that the brain is always learning. The facts that the brain is actively growing, changing, and learning throughout life can have a positive influence on memory and cognition, emotion, motor learning virtually anything that effects quality of life.”
Source: Perwej Y, Parwej F. A Neuroplasticity (Brain Plasticity) Approach to Use in Artificial Neural Network. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research. 2012;3.
- People with AD show less neuroplasticity, but the neuronal connections or areas of the brain that have not yet been affected can temporarily compensate for the loss of certain abilities.