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Second Languages Slow Brain Decline

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:55 PM

Speaking two languages throughout life may slow the loss of mental agility that comes with age.

When seniors were challenged to switch between two basic thought tasks, bilinguals reacted more quickly than those who spoke only English. What’s more, imaging scans showed that older people who had always spoken two languages used their brains more efficiently than single-language speakers.

The findings add to growing evidence that, along with other mentally stimulating activities, speaking multiple languages from a young age can help buffer the brain from aging-related declines.

http://news.discover...age-130108.html

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#2    Hasina

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

I wonder if speaking two languages (edit: or more) would help with Alzheimer's patients or anyone else with a neurologically degenerative disease at all, slow the decline at least a little bit mayhap.

Edited by Hasina, 10 January 2013 - 03:49 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

That's very interesting ....hmmmm....food for thought .

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