In recent posts, we’ve explored some of the research breakthroughs for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Although scientists have yet to find a cure for this type of mental disability, new discoveries are being made all the time. The most recent discovery sounds more like urban legend, rather than science.
According to a recent study, speaking a second language may help to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by an average of 4.5 years. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 648 patients diagnosed with dementia. On average, those who were bilingual had been diagnosed with dementia symptoms at just over the age of 65. In contrast, those who only spoke a single language most often displayed their first symptoms of dementia at a median age of 61 years.