Why do translators have healthier brains?

A study from the University of Edinburgh has examined the impact of bilingualism on cognitive aging and found that learning a second language may slow down the decline.

Fighting Alzheimer’s

Bialystock’s research also showed that bilingualism had a marked effect on fighting the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. She conducted a study looking at 211 individuals with Alzheimer’s, which found that those who were bilingual had been diagnosed on average 4.3 years later than those who were monolingual. The bilingual cohort had also reported the onset of symptoms 5.1 years later than their monolingual counterparts.

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