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Older bilingual individuals 'change how they process language'

Older bilingual individuals 'change how they process language'
19th April 2011

People who speak more than one language change how they process these as they age, and possibly look to find a care home, it has been revealed.

Research published in journal Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition found that 60-81 year old people who spoke more than one language tended to use context much more than 19 to 35-year-old bilingual individuals.

Co-author Natalie Phillips explained that older adults find it necessary to be more "strategic with capacity".

"It's important to stress these are normal and mild age-related changes. Participants didn't have any cognitive deficit. Rather, they were making the best use of mental resources by using context to help them process language," she added.

This comes after news that brain inflammation in otherwise healthy adults can cause memory loss.

Research presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting found that adults with higher levels of brain inflammation marker C-reactive protein were less able to repeat a short list of words.

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