Not so long ago bilingualism was thought to be bad for your brain. But it looks more and more like speaking more than one language could help save you from Alzheimer´s disease. The latest evidence from the bilingualism-is-good-for-you crew comes from Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. To test the idea, he had older people who grew up bilingual do an attention-switching task, a skill that typically fades with age. Earlier research has found that people bilingual since childhood are better at the high-order thinking called executive function as they age.
Comments: I wonder if Spanglish qualifies as a second language for Texans.
I currently speak Virginian and Maryland but I refuse to speak DC...too many three-letter abbreviations with multiple meanings and many that are just made up on the fly so that people can pretend like they´re on the ´inside´.
Oops...forgot to add my real comment. It´s logical that this should be (the two language thing) because exercising the brain is known to keep it healthy. For some really fascinating stuff, check out the nun study where a doctor is monitoring several hundred nuns for Alzheimer´s in Kentucky. Really fascinating.
About fifteen years ago I noticed that I did not concentrate as well or think as quickly as fomerly. I started to exercise my brain (for one thing, doing a crossword puzzle every day) and brought myself back to speed.
It is rampant in my family so I will have it regardless probably - but I´d rather be sick than learn Spanish - I am so sick of hearing Spanish all day long in and out of the school I work in - LEARN ENGLISH PEOPLE!!!
Using your brain for anything other than interpreting the nonsense that flows from your TV screen will help prevent Alzheimer´s disease. I´m surprised that many people don´t develop it in their thirties.
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