Bilingual People have an Edge

Bilingual people may have an edge against Alzheimer’s disease

People with Alzheimer's who speak (or spoke) two or more languages scored better on memory tests than those who only mastered one language, new research suggests. The scientists added that people who were bilingual appeared to have better functional connectivity in frontal brain regions, which allowed them to maintain better thinking despite having Alzheimer's. Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association senior director of medical and scientific operations, said the results make sense given what is known about the aging brain but that further research of this type is necessary before any conclusions can be drawn.

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  • I am Bilingual. This article caught my attention. My brother died and he had Alzheimer's. He was 70.

  • I speak English and Spanish.

  • I speak five languages, want to see what develops with age.

  • It keeps your mind sharp. I am sure you will do well.

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