To Slow Brain Aging, Learn a New Language
Even if you're already an adult, researchers suggest
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2014 11:58 AM CDT
Learning a second language could help you slow the brain's aging process.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – We've already heard that being bilingual can help you fight dementia. Now, some follow-up good news: Even if you're an adult, it may not be too late to reap the cognitive benefits of learning a new language, the BBC reports. Researchers performed intelligence tests on 262 bilingual people in their seventies and compared the results with the subjects' test scores at age 11. The subjects' cognitive scores in their seventies were significantly better than baseline expectations—whether they picked up their second language early or later in life, a press release notes.

Some 195 of the participants became bilingual as children, but 65 didn't learn new languages until adulthood. "Millions of people around the world acquire their second language later in life," a researcher says. "Our study shows that bilingualism, even when acquired in adulthood, may benefit the aging brain."

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JERZJOE
Jun 4, 2014 6:49 AM CDT
The only LANGUAGE i will be hearing is the GOP ELECTION VICTORIES SPEECHES IN the NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER cause that's... When the DUMOCRATS LOSE & the REP WIN BIG on NOV 4, 2014!!!! CAUSE THE LEGAL USA RESIDENTS VOTERS KNOWS THAT!! America is worth fighting for, to ensure future generations enjoy the same opportunities we’ve had to gain an education, get a job, start a family and live in peace, **UNHARRASSED BY A MEDDLING,CENTRALIZED MONOLITHIC GOVERNMENT IN TODAY'S USA***!!! ALSO.. Then in Nov. 08, 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! there ya go!!
Nofun
Jun 3, 2014 4:37 AM CDT
Southerners need to learn English.
BrushMan
Jun 2, 2014 10:57 PM CDT
My dad used to say that he could speak every language except Greek. So if you asked him to say "apple" in Spanish, he would say "Ahhhh, Spanish is Greek to me." I have a copyright on that joke. Don't dare use it or send me $5 first.