[LINK] Bilingualism Has Protective Effect In Delaying Onset Of Dementia By Four Years, Canadian Study Shows

Stewart Fist stewart_fist at optusnet.com.au
Wed Jan 17 11:19:35 AEDT 2007

Howard reveals:

> "Canadian scientists have found astonishing evidence that the lifelong
> use of two languages can help delay the onset of dementia symptoms by
> four years compared to people who are monolingual."

I vaguely remember, a few years ago, there was a research report that
pointed out that some early Altzheimer sufferers, who were having problems
finding words in one language, were often quite fluent in another - if they
were bilingual, of course.

It showed how localised some of the damage is.  But this idea certainly
extends the question into a new area of inquiry/enquiry.

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