Could Being Bilingual Delay the Onset of Dementia

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

Many people are aware of the devastating effects that dementia can have in later life.

There are many alternative therapies which purport to reduce the risk of developing forms of dementia.

However, the cause of development has still to be completely documented and confirmed.


While there are a number of genetic markers which can provide an indicator of a higher rate of risk, a recent study has highlighted a possible link between speaking multiple languages and a later onset of the condition.

The study conducted in India and recently published in Neurology, examined over six hundred people who were diagnosed with a form of dementia.

The group had an an average age of sixty six and of the participants almost four hundred were bilingual.

The researchers found that those people who spoke a second language had a later onset of dementia when compared to those who only spoke one language.