February 21, 2011

Bilinguilism and Alzheimer's

An article this week in a British science journal declared: "Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's and boost brain power - Research suggests that bilingual people can hold Alzheimer's disease at bay for longer, and that bilingual children are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking."

"...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....In addition, bilingual children who use their second language regularly are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking compared with monolingual children"

With Alzheimer's affecting such a huge number of people with Down syndrome, this is an interesting finding. And although many parents may wonder whether their child with Down syndrome could navigate two languages, I have heard about many instances where this was accomplished quite well.

Click HERE for the full article.

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