Does bilingualism protect the brain?

Many pieces of scientific research have suggested that keeping the mind active can play a part in guarding against mental decline in old age. Everything from crossword puzzles to read books has been suggested as good ways to achieve this positive effect.

It’s hardly surprisingly that being bilingual has been said to be another powerful way to protect and strengthen the mind.

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

They found that those who were fluent in two languages rather than just one were sharper mentally.

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

The bilingual brain is a powerful one according to research.

The bilingual brain is a powerful one according to research.

It seems that juggling more than one language keeps the mind sharper. Statistics from Wales have shown that Welsh-English bilingual children tend to do better in exams than those who only speak English. The fact that this strengthening of the brain could have long lasting and profound effects is certainly interesting and another reason for enabling our little one to grow up with two languages.