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    Study: Bilingualism helps delay dementia

    New Study Shows Brain Benefits Of Bilingualism : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

    The largest study so far to ask whether speaking two languages might delay the onset of dementia symptoms in bilingual patients as compared to monolingual patients has reported a robust result. Bilingual patients suffer dementia onset an average of 4.5 years later than those who speak only a single language.

    While knowledge of a protective effect of bilingualism , the present study significantly advances scientists' knowledge. emphasize the size of its cohort: 648 patients from a university hospital's memory clinic, including 391 who were bilingual. It's also touted as the first study to reveal that bilingual people who are illiterate derive the same benefit from speaking two languages as do people who read and write. It also claims to show that the benefit applies not only to Alzheimer's sufferers but also people with frontotemporal and vascular dementia.
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    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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    Conclusion? After you retire, master at least one new language every five years

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    It looks like a regular "amazing discovery" made by "British scientists" (tm).

    Any intellectual activity supports your brain in a good shape. Of course, if you don't have predisposition to mental disorders, which can appear as a result of increasing brain activity.
    Learning of a language, like typical intellectual activity, can help as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrBaldhead View Post
    Conclusion? After you retire, master at least one new language every five years
    Ha! If I could master Russian alone I would be well pleased with myself.
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G. View Post
    It looks like a regular "amazing discovery" made by "British scientists" (tm).

    Any intellectual activity supports your brain in a good shape. Of course, if you don't have predisposition to mental disorders, which can appear as a result of increasing brain activity.
    Learning of a language, like typical intellectual activity, can help as well.
    Да, любое интеллектуальное напряжение - это зарядка для мозга, развивает, углубляет способность воспринимать новые навыки.
    Но изучение нового языка это не просто только интеллектуальная тренировка, это ещё и приобретение нового себя. Я давно заметила, что когда я говорю на английском, я не совсем обычная я, немного другая. Это, наверное, многие замечают и по себе. Может быть, такое воздействие на мозг таки может отодвинуть Алсаймерс.

    И да, вот нагуглилось:
    "The question “Are you another person when you speak another language?” has been answered in various ways by neurophysiologists, psycho- and sociolinguists and by cognitive scientists. They show how cognition and emotion go hand in hand, how the acquisition of a second language can give you a different sense of self, how bilinguals have different bodily rhythms, coordinate words and gestures differently, think different thoughts in one or the other of their languages."
    Berkeley Language Center - "Are You Another Person When You Speak Another Language?"


    "Foreign languages and thinking

    Oprima dos for better cognition

    May 8th 2012, 18:36 by R.L.G. | NEW YORK

    MANY people report feeling like different people when they speak a foreign language. I've been sceptical of these claims, since many of them seem to line up too neatly with national stereotypes: "I feel warmer and more relaxed in Spanish," "German makes me reason more carefully" and the like. But a new study seems to show that people really do think differently in a foreign language—any foreign language. Namely, people are less likely to fall into common cognitive traps when tested in a language other than their mother tongue. ..."
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/johns...s-and-thinking
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    Too late...

    What was the question?
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    I'm easily amused late at night...

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    The old good one:
    Пациент: Доктор, помогите, у меня провалы в памяти! (= memory lapses)
    Доктор: И давно это у вас?
    Пациент: Что?
    Доктор: Ну, провалы в памяти.
    Пациент: Провалы? Какие провалы?

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    Most people never get much credit for their bilingualism.
    Most of the time it's just taken for granted that you have to be bilingual under a lot of different circumstances.
    The problem instead, occurs if you are NOT bilingual.
    And I know plenty of bilingual people who might have a tiny edge over real backwater billies, but it's very marginal.

    I guess the most painless way to make somebody bilingual is to start from childhood.
    However odds are the kid will end up preferring the larger/more common language of the two, and miss out on the depth of the smaller one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    Most people never get much credit for their bilingualism.
    Most of the time it's just taken for granted that you have to be bilingual under a lot of different circumstances.
    The problem instead, occurs if you are NOT bilingual.
    And I know plenty of bilingual people who might have a tiny edge over real backwater billies, but it's very marginal.

    I guess the most painless way to make somebody bilingual is to start from childhood.
    However odds are the kid will end up preferring the larger/more common language of the two, and miss out on the depth of the smaller one.
    It would have been a lot easier to learn Russian if I had been raised speaking it at home. But being immersed in the culture really helps.
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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