Avoid brain disease by learning another language

Avoid brain disease by learning another language

February 25, 2011 Motivation Neuroscience 0

Do you know Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. But a recent research by Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto has shown that bilingual people’s brains function better and for longer after developing the disease. From 450 Alzheimer’s patients involved in their research, all had similar levels of cognitive impairment, but those who were bilingual had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about four years later, on average, than those who spoke just one language. This proves that those bilingual patients have been able to cope with the disease and can continue to function. Bialystok said. “Bilingualism is protecting older adults, even after Alzheimer’s disease is beginning to affect cognitive function”.

So, want to protect our brain against the effects of Alzheimer’s? Learn another language.

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