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Students should learn second language to prevent dementia in later life

Students should learn second language to prevent dementia in later life

The Telegraph – Sarah Knapton Universities should insist that students learn a second language as part of their degree to help prevent dementia in later life and broaden their horizons, a language expert has claimed. Professor Antonella Sorace, founder of the Bilingualism Matters Centre at Edinburgh University, said there was now good evidence to show that bilingualism could protect the brain in later life. Studies have shown that certain types of dementia appear up to five years later for people who speak a second language compared with monolinguists. It is thought bilingual people have a cognitive reserve that delays the onset....
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