Dementia less likely in bilingual people
Bilingualism may slow down cognitive decline later in life even in those who never manage to speak the second language like a native.
New research from the UK shows that people who have mastered two or more languages lower their risk of later onset dementia.
Even those who acquired the second language in adulthood showed long-term cognitive benefits, independent of childhood intelligence, the study found.
The study of 853 people from age 11 in 1947 to 2008-10 found bilinguals performed significantly better than