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Those with several languages 'less likely to experience cognitive decline'

Those with several languages 'less likely to experience cognitive decline'
23rd February 2011

Those who speak more than two languages could be lowering their risk of developing memory problems, one study has found, which could reduce their chance of needing home care.

Research from the Public Research Center for Health in Luxembourg found that older people who practise speaking other languages throughout their lifetime or at the time of the study had a lesser chance of cognitive decline.

Study author Magali Perquin said: "Further studies are needed to try to confirm these findings and determine whether the protection is limited to thinking skills related to language or if it also extends beyond that and benefits other areas of cognition."

This comes after scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, found that while aging is the major risk factor involved in dementia, the condition can be prevented or postponed by leading an active and well rounded life.

Researchers have said that by remaining physically, mentally and socially active, older people can stave off the neurodegenerative disease.

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