21 Feb '11, 6am

Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's

LONDON - Learning a second language and speaking it regularly can improve your cognitive skills and delay the onset of dementia, according to researchers who compared bilingual individuals with people who spoke only one language. Their study suggests that bilingual speakers hold Alzheimer's disease at bay for an extra four years on average compared with monoglots. In addition, bilingual children who use their second language regularly are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking compared with monolingual children, said Ms Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist at York University in Toronto. "Being bilingual has certain cognitive benefits and boosts the performance of the brain, especially one of the most important areas known as the executive control system," said Ms Bialystok at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science being held in Wash...

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