Bilingualism could delay Alzheimer's

FROM Home Care Assistance Vancouver

The decidedly dual language nature of Canada’s citizens could mean up to five additional years of Alzheimer’s-free living. A study by the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto revealed that patients who spoke two or more languages consistently over a period of several years delayed the onset of Alzheimer’s by as much as half a decade.

While brain deterioration was essentially identical between those who spoke one language and others who spoke more, bilingual speakers experienced delayed symptoms of memory loss, confusion and difficulties with problem-solving and planning. There may still be no known treatment to prevent or indefinitely delay the development of Alzheimer’s, but studies like this could shed more light on how the disease affects the human mind and eventually lead to more groundbreaking discoveries.

Read more at the Vancouver Sun.

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