Speaking two languages could postpone dementia

Speaking two languages could postpone dementiaA recent study confirms that people who include another language in their daily use suffer from dementia up to five years later than they would if only speaking one language.

Scientists said that people who have dementia could have postponed it by almost five years if they had added another language to their day to day use.

They observed 650 dementia patients and examined the age when each of them had been confirmed with a dementia diagnosis.

They noticed during the study that people who were speaking in two languages had been diagnosed with memory loss related diseases later as compared to the ones who spoke just one language.

The study confirmed the usage of two languages beneficial in all memory loss diseases like Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia.

This advantage of using two languages was also found in illiterate people which proved that education and formal schooling didn't effect the benefits of being bilingual as it was related to brain training.

The study a collaborated effort by scientists from Edinburgh University and Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad in India.