BP201 saidOop, yes. Offsets.
That article you just posted was a good read. Definitely more detailed than I initially thought. I just knew my former dance instructor used to hold classes for senior citizens for this very reason. He'd teach them new choreography every week or month or whatever the case. (Which makes me wonder if freestyle dance has the same effect compared to choreographed dance) It kept them busy in more ways than one, plus it's a good exercise (which goes against this very thread).. Most of them were also lonely, which makes them more prone to the disease, so the class was very important to them.
You seem a lot more familiar with the in and outs of the disease(s), but I think you're right when you say it's more about compensating for the damaged/destroyed neurological pathways by utilizing the fully functional pathways. Can a damaged pathway ever be restored though? Anyway, that last part of your comment reminded me of the movie Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind lol.
Not familiar with movie. Just youtubed some excerpts, looks good.
Your instructor was correct and it sounds like he did a real nice job with that.
But yeah, I'm all too familiar with what otherwise would not have been an experience of my choosing. I'm not familiar with dance so I don't know if a more self-created freestyle (I presume my description there fits) would produce more neurons than learning steps created by others. I suppose if the dance originated freestyle but then was repeatable, that would, otherwise maybe the other. But that's entirely speculation for fun and games.
Mom did her best to keep active, socializing was important to her and us and keeping her body active was important which we handled with her doing laps with me (well, I'd have the lifeguards keep an eye on her--we swam at the hall of fame, me for decades and her for many years, so they were aware of our situation).
As far as I understand it, damaged neurons are gone along with the information they contain which was not already shared with other neurons. New neurons can be created, thus the plasticity. Keep in mind that the pathways are the neurons themselves connecting to each other through their I think it's the synapses where information is relayed one to the other.
So even if science get to a point where they can stop and even reverse dementia, which we'll likely see one day (hurry guys hurry), information lost is lost but can be relearned. With some experiencing dementia, much of the personality is lost. That happened to one of my friends with her mom, brutal on my friend. But others, like my mom, retain their personalities. In that sense then, even if information is lost, when again restored, given the ability to stop the disease and regenerate neurons, I'd think the person would again arrange that now new info pretty much as it had been, guided by an intact personality. I guess that could be studied in people with amnesia: do they become again who they were.
My mother's personality was so still intact even at the very end that she still smiled the biggest smile for the entire visit of her grandchildren while being able to then get serious with me to express her real condition when they'd left us alone together. She never would have shown her grandchildren her pain without dementia and she also kept it from them while she hardly had any brain left so that their impression today is that she did not suffer. It was incredible to witness that. Even while suffering dementia, always a lady.