ECTACO Info | Speaking a second language delays Alzheimer’s

Speaking two languages seems to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. Researchers from the Department of Neurology of the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, India, confirm in their study published on the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. After having compared the age at onset of first symptoms between 648 monolingual and bilingual patients with dementia. The result? Bilingual patients developed dementia 4.5 years later than the monolingual ones. Not enough, there was no additional benefit to speaking more than 2 languages and the bilingual effect on age at dementia onset appeared independently of other potential confounding factors such as education, sex, occupation, and urban vs rural dwelling of subjects. Since it was observed also in illiterate patients.

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