Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Bilingualism (and dance) reduces risk of dementia


An excerpt from the BBC article Being bilingual 'protects brain':

Researchers from York University in Canada carried out tests on 104 people between the ages of 30 and 88.

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Writing in the journal of Psychology and Ageing, they said being bilingual may protect against mental decline in old age.

Previous studies have shown that keeping the brain active can protect against senile dementia.

So do "visual thinkers" qualify as bilingual? And another BBC article Dancing 'wards off dementia'.

Researchers in the United States have found that dancing, playing musical instruments, reading and playing board games can all reduce the risks of developing [senile dementia].

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"Maintaining physical activity has been linked to better general health as people get older, preventing cardiovascular disease and falls and this research should not be taken as an recommendation to concentrate on cerebral exercise only."

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