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Learning another language may slow brain aging

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – Are you bilingual? New research from the University of Edinburgh reveals learning a second language could keep your brain from getting rusty and ward off dementia.

This is what you call a long term study. It began in 1947 when 835 eleven-year-old’s were given an intelligence test. It ended between 2008 and 2010 when researchers “picked their brains” again.

The results showed learning a second language provided brain power.

“And indeed we found that there was an effect which is not explained just by differences before learning a second language. That’s a very powerful and unique evidence,” says Dr. Thomas Bak of the University of Edinburgh.

Of course this isn’t a guarantee of being dementia or Alzheimer’s free but it looks like a good way to avoid a brain drain later in life.