Language Learning Shown to Slow Down Aging

Apr 13, 2010 4:41:45 AM / by Rachel Reardon

treat_aging_and_cancerAccording to a report published last fall by the European Commission entitled "The Contribution of Multilingualism to Creativity," one of the major benefits of learning another language is reducing age-related mental diminishment.

Knowing another language seems to slow down the rate of decline of certain cognitive pathologies. Being multilingual helps resist neuropathological damage by 2-4 years. In addition, multilingualism is linked to a slowdown in age related issues such as dementia.

The bonus...learning a foreign language has a strong link to creativity, which has greater potential for cognitive health for the aging mind.

What else are you doing to slow down the aging of your brain?

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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