Bilingual people less likely to develop Alzheimer’s’

Talk about the power of words—speaking at least two languages may slow dementia in the aging brain, new research shows. Bilingual people do better in mental challenges and are more skilled at multi-tasking than those who have just one tongue. They also develop symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s an average of four or five years later.

Even if you don’t learn a second language until after middle age, it can still help stave off dementia. Being bilingual is one way to keep your brain active—it’s part of the cognitive-reserve approach to brain fitness. And when it comes to exercising the brain by learning another language, the more the better—and every little bit helps. Read more here or here.

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